Interesting facts about the growth of the ginkgo tree

Interesting facts about the growth of the ginkgo tree

How fast does a ginkgo grow?

Most varieties of ginkgo grow relatively slowly. Some grow no more than four centimeters per year, with larger varieties the annual increase is around 30 to 40 centimeters.

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How big can a ginkgo get?

In its homeland, the ginkgo biloba can grow to be 40 meters high, sometimes even larger. In your own garden, you should expect a final size of 25 to 30 meters, depending on the variety. However, your ginkgo needs a lot of time to do this, but it can be several hundred years old.

For the first 20 to 25 years, the ginkgo mainly grows in height, so it stays pretty slim. Only later does it also grow in width and form a quite stately crown. Therefore give it a sufficiently large location when planting.

The essentials in brief:

  • grows rather slowly
  • Size up to over 30 m, depending on the variety, dwarf varieties also up to approx. 1 m
  • mostly slender habit with few side branches
  • special cultivated forms: spherical crown or hanging branches


Even if the ginkgo grows slowly, it still needs a lot of space as it ages. It is best to take this into account when planting, because transplanting does not do it so well with age.