Ginkgo biloba ‘Joe Stupka’s Broom’ is not synonymous and should not be confused with Ginkgo biloba Todd’s Dwarf. That cultivar is a broom that arose on Ginkgo biloba ‘Joe Stupka’s Broom”.
Ginkgo biloba ‘Joe Stupka’s Broom’ is an introduction from the avid ‘broom collector’ Joe Stupka. He said, “This plant ranks as one of my favourites”. Some his techniques for collecting brooms from trees include climbing using a ladder or ropes, shooting them out with a 30/40 Craig rifle and when that failed resorting to blowing them out of trees with dynamite! (Conifer Quarterly 2005).
This plant was found in Todd Cemetery in Youngstown 2200 Belmont Ave, Youngstown, Ohio 44505, United States. Joe Stupka described it as ; “Each bud produces a leaf cluster which is slightly different from the others”. Because of the diversity shown by this witches’ broom Joe Stupka grafted plants from a single bud to isolate the exceptional clones, which have given rise to other cultivars e.g. Ginkgo biloba Todd’s Dwarf.
Description - Ginkgo biloba ‘Joe Stupka’s Broom’ is a dwarf male cultivar. Its small leaves are arranged very densely around the stem. The annual growth rate is 10cm. In 10 years, a plant will have reached a height of 1m with a spread of 1.2m - 1.5m. Overall its appearance will e shrub like, with an irregular habit. There is also a variegated sport called Ginkgo biloba ‘Joe Stupka’s Variegated’. This will be less vigorous than its parent.
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