This plant originates from the United States of America was discovered by our good friend Charles Hunter. The story goes; He received some scions of Ginkgo biloba ‘Everton Broom’ in 2013 from Dave Horst from at Bickelhaupt Arboretum Clinton, Iowa, in The United States of America who had one in his private garden collection near Sabula, Iowa, U.S.A. The scions were grafted onto rootstocks at Charles’ Home in his garden at Villa Chiara, Keokuk, Iowa USA. In same year of grafting, one of the grafts was observed to have mutated from all green leaves to all variegated leaves. Charles then chip budded from that original sport to produce more plants. (It should be noted that many of the leaves of Ginkgo biloba ‘Everton Lights’ demonstrate a three-dimensional trait of angular waves).
The name ‘Everton Lights’ points to its progenitor, Ginkgo biloba ‘Everton Broom’ (discovered by Steve Grubb, Everton, Hampshire, United Kingdom.) and: Lights, indicating the bright yellow variegation leaf stripes. The provenance location being ‘Villa Chiara’(Charles’ home). (Chiara in Italian means “light”), hence the apt name of the cultivar.
Ginkgo biloba 'Everton Lights' is an outstanding dwarf cultivar and one that is highly rated in The National Collection of Gingo biloba and Cultivars. It is very new and an exceedingly rare plant in cultivation. It is a superb sport of Ginkgo biloba 'Everton Broom' (which is male). The variegation seems to be quite stable, but as with all variegated plants there is a possibility of some reversion, and any shoots that are entirely green should be pruned out as soon as they are seen.
Description - Ginkgo biloba ‘Everton Lights’ has extremely attractive variegated foliage, many leaves display a three-dimensional trait of angular waves. The leaves arranged in whorls around the short side shoots. Because of the variegation, this grows even slower than Ginkgo biloba 'Everton’. In 10 years expect it to achieve 05.m in height and 1m in spread. The autumn colour is not as good as its parent.
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