Ginkgo biloba ‘Ding-a-Ling’. Ding-a-Ling is a North American slang word used to describe an eccentric or stupid person or it could possibly something else, as in Chick Berry’s song ‘My Ding-a-Ling’. However, since potentially offensive names are banned under the International Code of Botanical Nomenclature, one can only assume that in this context, the name refers to the habit rather than characteristics of the plant. It was obviously propagated because of the Chi-Chi’s (aerial roots) growing on the stem, which are a physiological response to the lean the 'original tree' had developed. Its discovery has been attributed to Buchholz and Buchholz Nursery 41840 SW Vandehey Rd, Gaston, OR 97119, United States (Circa 2009), but this cannot be substantiated.
Description - Ginkgo biloba ‘Ding-a-Ling’ is a male cultivar that originates from the United States of America. The precise location is not known. The foliage is typical of the species. The rate of growth is 20cm - 30cm a year. It is suggested that this selection will grow about 2-3 m high and 1.2 m wide within 10 years. As with many Ginkgoes it produces good autumn colour.