Oh no -- girdled ginkgo!
I thought that my three year-old ginkgo was leafing out beautifully...until I noticed that the leaves were unusually small and some of the buds failed to leaf out at all. When I examined the tree for a cause, I noted that the trunk has been partially girdled about six inches off the ground. I suspect rabbits or voles; I have both in and around my yard. Does anyone know if ginkgos can recover from partly girdled trunks? The chewed area extends about 1/2 the way around the trunk.