Hailing from China, Ginkgo biloba (also known as the Maidenhair tree because the foliage resembles some of the Maidenhair ferns) is best known for its medicinal qualities.  In addition the tree features a spreading canopy that provides shade and the foliage is highly ornamental.

The tree grows fairly slow and can attain a height or 40 m in very old specimens.  Unique fan-shaped bright green leaves turn a stunning yellow colour in autumn.  The leaves are composed of two or more distinct lobes.  Ginkgo biloba grows in a pyramidal shape, but older specimens tend to have a more spreading form with irregular branches.

The Maidenhair tree is undoubtedly one of the most distinct and beautiful deciduous trees.  An ideal tree for urban environments, it can tolerate heat, air pollution, salt and confined spaces.  The tree establishes without difficulty and can be utilised as a street tree where it will provide shade.  The Ginkgo biloba is an attractive tree that can function as an ornamental specimen in your garden.