The Q&A Archives: Pruning Ginko

Question: When is the best time to prune my ginkgo biloba tree? We planted it earlier this summer. Thanks.

Answer: Ginkgo trees are slow growing so don't be too quick to prune it back. They look a bit gangly at first, but they become graceful with age. Your tree may need staking to encourage upright growth. Once it becomes established you can expect it to grow about a foot a year. If you find misplaced branches or a damaged branch, you can prune in the spring just as new growth begins. Young growth can be brittle, so prune carefully!

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