The Ginkgo is a good urban tree because of its ability to tolerate drought, heat, and poor soils.
A Ginkgo tree may grow very slowly for several years after planting, but then grow at a moderate rate, especially if it receives an adequate supply of water and some fertilizer. The Ginkgo is adapted for use as a street tree, even in confined soil spaces.
The Ginkgo tree is a living fossil and the earliest leaf fossils date from 270 million years ago. It was rediscovered in 1691 in China and was brought to this country in the late 1700's. Individual trees may live as long as 3,000 years and the seeds and leaves are used in medicine throughout the world.
The Gingko tolerates moderate drought and moderate wetness, but does not grow well in hot and dry climates.
The leaves of the Ginkgo are green in the summer turning an attractive yellow in the fall.
The Ginkgo has almost unnoticeable flowers.
Ginkgos bloom in the spring..
The fruit of the Gingko is 3/4" to 1-1/2" in size and tan in color. Some complain of the mess and odor and recommend planting only the male of the species.