Ginkgo biloba at Roath Park Pleasure Garden

Ginkgo biloba 0

Ginkgo biloba
February 2015

Ginkgo biloba 1

Ginkgo biloba
mid May 2015

Ginkgo biloba 3

Ginkgo biloba
late October 2018

Ginkgo biloba 2

Ginkgo biloba
early November 2015

Grid reference ST 18503 78800
Common name Maidenhair tree
Origin China
Deciduous Yes
Height 17M February 2015
Height 18M December 2018
Girth 188cm March 2017
Girth 190cm December 2018
Reference 98

This tree is beside the north west entrance at the junction of Fairoak Road and Ninian Road.

Ginkgo biloba leaf

Ginkgo biloba leaf
early June 2015

Ginkgo biloba leaf2

Ginkgo biloba leaf
late June 2015

Ginkgo biloba leaf3

Ginkgo biloba leaf
late October 2018

General tree description

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.