The Q&A Archives: Ginkgo Tree

Question: This past November 2004, I purchased and planted an Autumn Gold ginkgo tree from Lakewood Garden Center in North Little Rock, AR, which had been grown by Monrovia. It is about 6 feet, and was nicely branched, dormant, and in a standard Monrovia container. When the leaves emerged this spring, the leaves were very small, especially for a ginkgo. As the year has progressed, the tree is steadily declining, and as of July 22, the leaves are a sickly looking yellow tint, and are beginning to fall from the tree. The tree is planted in ideal conditions - good soil, well-drained, 8 hours of sun, and has had a good amount of regular rainfall. In fact, I also planted a simlar sized sugar maple and a magnolia at the same time, in the same vicinity and same conditions, and they are doing great. Any suggestions what might be wrong, and how I might save this very expensive ginkgo? Thanks! Roger Riley

Answer: Based on your description it sounds as though the tree is stressed. Perhaps it is planted too deeply (you should be able to see the trunk flare above the soil) or there are encircling roots below ground that were not cut or unwound at planting time and so are continuing to grow in a circle and stunt the tree, or there is some other root-related problem such as a large rock just beneath the planting hole preventing it from rooting and becoming established or if you are using a watering system perhaps it is receiving less water than the other trees.... I would suggest you work with the retailer and/or your county extension to try to diagnose the problem more specifically. I'm sorry your tree is not doing well.

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