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Can I prune a Ginko Tree?

Hello ,

I've just learnt that a Ginko tree survived Hiroshima so can represent @Survival/Hope to come'. Having one in the garden would help me through a very bad time.  Can I prune it to keep it a manageable size or will it grow in a pot? The latter sounds like hard work and not very rewarding! 

Any ideas please?

Many thanks,



  • WelshonionWelshonion Posts: 3,114

    Please don't try to grow it in a pot.  Plant it in the soil or if you haven't enough room, buy one for  the council for a park or give one to a friend who will appreciate it.  They grow slowly, but they do eventually reach 100ft.

    They are very rewarding and attractive, but don't stunt a tree to help you through a bad time!

  • Lion SLion S Posts: 263

    There are varieties of Ginkgo biloba that stay much smaller and can be grown in a pot. Usually these are grafted trees. They can be pruned during winter or in July and August. The latter will give the tree the chance to heal the wounds during it's growing season. Found this:

    I do love the idea of buying a tree for the council. That way lots of people get to enjoy this beautiful ancient species.

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