Ginkgo biloba 'Greensleeves' originated from The United States of America and was propagated by Robert Fincham of Coenoseium Nursery, Pennsylvania, U.S.A. (now closed). It was originally planted in 1990, Coenoseium Gardens. (This plant may have once been marketed as Ginkgo biloba ‘Broom’ but this is not substantiated). The original tree was planted around 1980. Our thanks to Charles Hunter from the U.S.A. for providing a scion of this interesting cultivar.
Description - Ginkgo biloba 'Greensleeves'. This may well be a triploid (Triploids are rare it a chromosomal abnormality in which each cell has an extra set of chromosomes) which may account for the characteristics of this cultivar. The leaves are large and thick, each shoot being extensively clothed after the second year of growth when two leaves emerge from each bud. The rate of growth is 20cm - 30cm per annum, therefore in 10 years a tree should have attained 2.5m - 3.0m in height, the spread 1.5m (depending on how it was trained). When established it produces a strong leader and many branches that descend downwards. Another distinguishing feature of this cultivar is that in autumn the leaves turn a rich coppery colour instead of the usual yellow.
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