Ginkgo biloba 'Chunder Plums' is a beautiful female tree planted at The Royal Botanic Garden Kew's 500 acre garden Wakehurst Place, Wakehurst, Selsfield Rd, Haywards Heath. Ginkgo biloba 'Chunder Plums' was given this 'nickname' name by the RBG Kew, Wakehurst propagation team who are required periodically to collect and clean the foul-smelling fruit that are produced by the tree. We are fortunate to have been given permission to collect scion material and propagate this fine tree and release limited quantites for sale.
A bit of history of Wakehust Place - The mansion was built by Sir Edward Culpeper in 1590. It originally formed a complete courtyard prior to being altered various times, and currently has an E-shaped plan. Wakehurst was bought in 1694 by Dennis Lyddell, comptroller of the Royal Navy treasurer's accounts and briefly MP for Harwich. His son Richard Liddell, Chief Secretary for Ireland and MP for Bossiney, was obliged by financial pressure to pass the estate to his younger brother Charles. The house was illustrated in Joseph Nash's The Mansions of England in the Olden Time (1839–49).
The gardens were largely created by Gerald Loder (later Lord Wakehurst) who purchased the estate in 1903 and spent 33 years developing the gardens. He was succeeded by Sir Henry Price, under whose care the Loder plantings matured. Sir Henry left Wakehurst to the nation in 1963 and the Royal Botanic Gardens took up a lease from the National Trust in 1965.
Description - Ginkgo biloba 'Chunder Plums' is a substantial female tree with a straight trunk and open branched head. The foliage is typical of the form. It regularly produces good crops of fruit. The autumn colour is reliable and an annual feature in the garden.
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