Wednesday, June 28, 2006


Just a few weeks ago, all of the leaves on our Ginko tree had died and fallen off. I guess all of the rain we got last week (along with a little supplemental watering on my part) revived it. I noticed this evening that it's beginning to leaf out again. That's quite a relief, since I just love this tree.


Anonymous M Sinclair Stevens (Austin) said...

I planted a ginkgo a couple of years ago because the leaves are often in Japanese art and seeing them makes me feel quite nostalgic for the time I lived in Japan. I always collect the leaves in the fall to admire.

Mine is still quite small with only a few branches. It's never lost all its leaves, but they do get terribly sunburned by August.

June 28, 2006 8:25 PM  
Blogger r sorrell said...

My husband loves trees that he associates with Japanese gardens: Ginkos, Maples, weeping varieties, etc. I really like the shape of Ginko leaves because they're so unique. I've noticed them featured more in art lately, also.

June 29, 2006 7:14 AM  
Blogger Amy said...

The street I lived on in Lexington, Kentucky (Catalpa Rd) was lined with huge ginko trees. It was amazingly beautiful in the fall when the street was ablaze in yellow. I wish I had a picture of it. It looked a lot like this street in Japan:


I thought maybe they didn't grow this far south but they have good sized trees at Bellingrath and the botanical gardens here in Mobile.Its too bad my yard is overgrown with oaks as it is.

June 29, 2006 8:01 AM  
Blogger Annie in Austin said...

There were ginkgo trees in our park near Chicago and I always admired them. I didn't plant one because they grew too tall for the area I was working with. Every year when the sixth-graders had their tree project, you'd see the kids getting a couple of leaves to add to the collection in their notebooks.

Now I have ginkgo envy!! Do you expect yours to stay small here in Austin? Would you consider them as more of an accent tree rather than a shade tree?


June 29, 2006 8:05 AM  
Blogger r sorrell said...

I don't recall seeing many ginkos in Austin, so I don't know how tall they'll get here. Has anyone else seen an established one in the area? We only planted ours a year ago. Right now it's around 5 1/2 or 6 feet tall... It's probably grown a couple of inches. We planted ours more as an accent tree, but it has plenty of room to get big if it wants to.

June 29, 2006 8:59 AM  

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