The Ginkgo biloba or Maidenhair tree is a very unusual species. In appearance it resembles the deciduous or broadleaved trees but is in fact more closely related to the conifers. It is the sole surviving species from a genus that existed more than 160 million years ago. In the far east it is considered to be sacred.
The species is very hardy and can tolerate a wide range of conditions. In truth the growth characteristics do not really lend themselves to bonsai creation. It does not ramify well so is slow to develop complex branching. It does, however, justify it’s inclusion in a bonsai collection by the sheer unusualness of the species but also by the sheer beauty of the pale green leaves which turn a lovely clear yellow before falling in the autumn.
This example is 53cm. in height and the very basic branches extend to 20cm. in width. Across the base the trunk measures 3cm. It is planted in a round mica training pot that it 20x6cm.