Gingko biloba ‘Majestic Butterfly’, this male cultivar was discovered by Crispin de Silva and it is a sport that he found on Ginkgo biloba ‘Jade Butterflies’ (It is also known as the Sport of Jade Butterflies). This plant originates from the United States of America. In our experience this plant is prone to reversion as can be seen form the picture on the right. If reversion occours, in this instance it is recommended to remove branches that are complete green. In plants we have grafted for the national collection occasionally the whole plant reverts, which is an indication of instability.
Description - Gingko biloba ‘Majestic Butterfly’ retains the same shape of leaves as its parent, however on good specimens the leaves are broadly streaked with yellow. It is not uncommon to find some leaves that are completely yellow and others without any variegation, or at best slight streaks of yellow. The annual growth rate is 15 cm. The height and spread of the plant are ultimately decided by the degree of variegation, the less variegation the more vigorous the plant. In five years, a plant can, be expected attain a height of 2 m with a spread of 3 m.
As with all variegated plants we cannot gaurentee to what extent plants purchased will exhibit variegation.
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