A quick look up of Ginkgo on the internet reveals several websites about the age and ancient nature of Ginkgoes, and several more sites about its use in medicine. Indeed it has been around forever and has many uses, but it seems like such a great ornamental tree that those aspects of the Ginkgo should have a higher profile.

Ginkgo biloba

Gorgeous fan–shape leaves are hard to beat when in gold fall glory. Add that it can grow almost anywhere (probably one reason it survives since before ancient times) and you’ve got a winning plant. (Photo Credit OSU)

Ginkgoes make great street trees and look wonderful anchoring gardens. They’re often used in bonsai and dwarf Ginkgoes are nice choices for container plants.

Here are some of our favorite varieties.

Autumn Gold ginkgo

Autumn Gold

Broad cone shape, nice selection for use as a street tree, grows 40’ x 30’

Ginkgo biloba 'Jade Butterflies'

Jade Butterfly

Fat fan leaves packed closely together on branches turn gold in fall. 

Grows about 4–6"/yr. Mature at 6–10’ x 3–5’



A very small dwarf form of Ginkgo with full–size leaves on short stubby stems. 

Grows in a globe shape, about 2"/yr. 18" x 20" in 10 years.

Princeton Sentry

Upright selection with somewhat more narrow shape then others. Grows 60’ x 20’

Ginkgo biloba 'Saratoga'


Leaves are long and slender. Same gold fall color. Grows 40’ x 30’.


The base of each leaf is fused together so that leaves form tubes. When it rains, the tubes collect water. We think it’s really neat! Grows 15–20’ in 30 years.