Ginkgo biloba 'Todd' Syn. ‘Todd’s Dwarf’, Todd’s W.B.’ is a male cultivar originating from The United States of America. It is an introduction from the avid ‘broom collector’ Joe Stupka. 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 the out of trees with dynamite! (Conifer Quarterly 2005).
This broom that has given rise to this cultivar 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 different cultivars e.g. Ginkgo biloba Joe Stupka’s Broom’, ‘Todd’ syn. ‘Todd’s Dwarf’ and others. There is no doubt that it would be easy to confuse cultivars that originated from this broom, what compounds the problem is that some these clones will grow completely different foliage and have different growth rates.
Description - Ginkgo biloba 'Todd' Syn. ‘Todd’s Dwarf’ the leaves can be variable, generally they are densely hanging on the plant. The annual growth rate will generally not exceed 15 cm. It should develop into a shrub like specimen approximately 1.2 m in height and spread in 10 years. It goes on to produce outstanding autumn colour before leaf fall. This Ginkgo is excellent for growing in containers.
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