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Gingko Biloba Obelisk - no sign of life

Have been given a rather expensive Gingko Biloba tree for my birthday which was delivered last week.  I've just today planted it in the garden as I didn't want it to be sitting around in a pot too long but somewhat a little surprised there doesn't appear any sign of life yet (ie, no swelling leaf buds, etc).  I understand that the male version of these trees have catkins but can't see any indication of them.  Now worried that I've been given a very expensive twig.  Anybody have any experience with Gingko Biloba and what I might expect.  The tree came from a very reputable garden centre but doubt that makes any difference.


  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 4,638
    I have no experience with this tree, but there are quite a number of them planted around where I live, and I have not seen any sign of life yet, so hope that helps. Stay patient, it's still early yet. Hope someone else can re-assure you soon.
  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 27,590
    I am further south and at least a month ahead of most of the UK and my Gingko is not yet looking lively.  If I put my sewing/reading glasses on (the strongest) I can see teeny little buds forming.  The one I had in Belgium was always late too.

    I suggest you keep yours in a sheltered spot out of northerly and easterly winds and just keep an eye on it.  Keep it in the pot until it does burst forth and then you can plant it knowing you have a good 'un.   If there's nothing by end of May, maybe think about getting a replacement or refund.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • BenDoverBenDover Posts: 478
    Thanks for comments - helpful, especially as this tree is a little unusual to what I'm used to.  I have actually just put it in the ground today Obelixx so hopefully it will be OK.  Lots of good clear instructions came with it for planting which I have followed throughly. I appreciate we're still early in the season but I have seen other 'normal' trees that tend to come out later already showing leaves so wasn't sure what the score is with this one. I will remain patient for the moment.
  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 27,590
    All sorts of late starters here including a young liriodendron and 3 huge walnuts, the youngest of which is 30ish.  And the gingko.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
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