This forum has been so slow recently. Hope a bunch of you can respond, telling me where to look for a good cultivar of the gingko. Want to plant one this fall. HELP! And thanks!
Rosie, in Sugar Hill, GA
Be sure and get a boy tree. The girl tree's fruit smells really bad and that won't happen till she is a pretty good size.
Thanks, Frankielynn. Lord knows I don't want that stink I've read about. Still hoping someone has seen them for sale at a place they respect.
The Trees Atlanta sale usually has them, and I think they sell boys...
Thanks all. Rascal (Bobby Gil)sent me the link below to a nursery I love, in Watkinsville, near Athens. She has two sizes and a ton of other wonderful selections......road trip time!
Here is a link that might be useful: Source for gingkos near Atlanta
If anyone is still looking for gingko biloba, I have healthy seedlings available in North Buckhead. I have a mature female tree that drops the dreaded seed pods in my courtyard, but some of them get by me and sprout. I collect the seedlings and put them in potting soil and they do fine. So, if you want any, please let me know - there is no charge for them. I've been told that these trees can change gender, so even if you start off with a boy it may turn into a girl and eventually start dropping the seed pods.
AtlRizz, think I'd like to get some seedlings. So glad you saw this post and offered.
Is your girl gingko stinky? I've never experienced it, just read about it.
Only prob is logistics of getting. I live way the hell and gone outside the perimeter in Sugar Hill, Gwinnett County.
Hi Rosie, I can't say for sure if the pods are smelly. I usually pick them up each day inside my townhouse courtyard. The fruit is bright green when they fall and seem to stay in one piece when they hit the ground. If you step on them, they will smash. I imagine if you had a pile of them rotting, then yes, they would smell. But, it's a tall, lovely tree and I love the leaves on it so I don't mind picking up after it.
Let me know if you're planning on coming inside the perimeter at some point.
To clear up some of the things mentioned in this thread...
The correct spelling is ginkgo, not gingko.
Yes, ginkgos have been reported to change sex or have a branch change sex, but that is very very very very rare.
Something that may be more common and explain some instances is that a grafted plant may have its female top (scion) die and the rootstock may take over. If the rootstock were a male rootstock, that would result in a male tree where a female was originally planted.
Ginkgo fruit (not technically fruit BTW, by some definitions) smells quite a bit like puke, especially as it ages and is cracked open. Even with multiple trees and lots of fruit, I don't usually notice the smell unless I pick the fruit up or maybe get some on my shoe. Personally, I think trees planted out away from sidewalks and driveways shouldn't bother most people with an "average" sense of smell. Just don't plant a possible female tree near your house, a sidewalk, or a driveway.
My bad, misspelling ginkgo.
All this talk about the odor/stink has me disconcerted. I thought ginkgos were prominently planted downtown trees in Athens, GA. Can anyone contribute further about this?