Ginkgo biloba ‘Icho’ syn. Ginkgo biloba ‘Chi Chi Icho’. Originating from japan, this is a critically endangered cultivar. It has been used for hundreds of years as a subject to Bonsai and as such is very desirable and much sought after by practitioners of this form of culture. Bonsai (literally translated means 'tray planting'), is a Japanese art form using cultivation techniques to produce, in containers, small trees that mimic the shape and scale of full-size trees. Similar practices exist in other cultures, including the Chinese tradition of penzai or penjing from which the art originated, and the miniature living landscapes of Vietnamese Hòn Non Bộ. The Japanese tradition dates back over a thousand years.
Description - Ginkgo biloba ‘Icho’ syn. Ginkgo biloba ‘Chi Chi Icho’. The leaves are smaller than the straight species, a pleasing green. The leaves are lobed, and the central division is deep. The growth rate (under nursery conditions) is 30cm. It forms a symmetrical small rounded tree with a textured trunk. In 10 years, it will be 2.5m high with a spread of 2.5m.