Ginkgo biloba 'Pendula' at Roath Park Botanic Garden

Ginkgo biloba 'Pendula' 0

Ginkgo biloba 'Pendula'
January 2015

Ginkgo biloba 'Pendula' 1

Ginkgo biloba 'Pendula'
early June 2015

Ginkgo biloba 'Pendula' 2

Ginkgo biloba 'Pendula'
mid November 2020

Grid reference ST 18533 79043
Common name Weeping Maidenhair
Origin Garden origin
Deciduous Yes
Status GB Champion 2013
Tree trail Post 2
Height 7M February 2015
Girth 151cm January 2015
Reference 405

This tree is found west of the brook and about 50M north of the conservatory. It is a male tree.

Ginkgo biloba 'Pendula' bark

Ginkgo biloba 'Pendula' bark
July 2015

Ginkgo biloba 'Pendula' foliage

Ginkgo biloba 'Pendula' foliage
late May 2015

Ginkgo biloba 'Pendula' foliage2

Ginkgo biloba 'Pendula' foliage
mid November 2015

General tree description for Ginkgo biloba 'Pendula'

Ginkgo biloba 'Pendula' is a cultivar of the Maidenhair tree, slow growing and with a weeping shape. Initially its branches grow horizontally before eventually drooping down. It can grow to a height of 10 metres but this can take 40 to 50 years.

General tree description for Ginkgo biloba

Ginkgo biloba is a medium-sized to large tree, growing up to around 28 metres, with a conical shape when young, which later becomes irregular. Its bark is grey-brown with a craggy texture. The leaves are on long stalks, fan-shaped, roughly 9cm long and 7cm broad, and dull green, turning bright yellow in autumn. The common name - Maidenhair tree - refers to the resemblance of the fan-shaped leaves to the Maidenhair fern. Ginkgo bilobas may be male or female. When fully mature (around 80 years old), the male tree has yellow catkins 2 to 4cm long. Females when mature have inconspicuous green flowers and after fertilisation develop yellow plum-like fruits in autumn. These have a very unpleasant odour and can cause skin irritation.

The Ginkgo biloba is said to be a "living fossil", meaning that it has similar characteristics to fossils from the Jurassic period, 150 to 200 million years ago, also the age of the dinosaurs. At that time the Gingko grew in many parts of the world including Europe and America. It is now native only in China.