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Princeton Sentry Ginkgo

Ginkgo biloba 'Princeton Sentry'

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Princeton Sentry Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba 'Princeton Sentry') at Snavely's Garden Corner

Princeton Sentry Ginkgo

Princeton Sentry Ginkgo

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Princeton Sentry Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba 'Princeton Sentry') at Snavely's Garden Corner

Princeton Sentry Ginkgo foliage

Princeton Sentry Ginkgo foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Princeton Sentry Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba 'Princeton Sentry') at Snavely's Garden Corner

Princeton Sentry Ginkgo in fall

Princeton Sentry Ginkgo in fall

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  60 feet

Spread:  30 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  4a

Other Names:  Maidenhair Tree

Description:

A true 150 million year old relic with distinctively fan-shaped leaves; this variety features a narrowly pyramidal form and reliable fall color, does not produce fruit; a great choice for the smaller home landscape, far superior to the species

Ornamental Features

Princeton Sentry Ginkgo has emerald green foliage throughout the season. The fan-shaped leaves turn an outstanding yellow in the fall. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Princeton Sentry Ginkgo is a deciduous tree with a strong central leader and a narrowly upright and columnar growth habit. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance tree, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Princeton Sentry Ginkgo is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Shade
  • Vertical Accent

Planting & Growing

Princeton Sentry Ginkgo will grow to be about 60 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 30 feet. It has a high canopy with a typical clearance of 6 feet from the ground, and should not be planted underneath power lines. As it matures, the lower branches of this tree can be strategically removed to create a high enough canopy to support unobstructed human traffic underneath. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live to a ripe old age of 150 years or more; think of this as a heritage tree for future generations!

This tree should only be grown in full sunlight. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist locations, and should do just fine under average home landscape conditions. It is not particular as to soil type or pH, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Accent  Shade  Articulation 
Applications
Fall Color  Plant Form 
Ornamental Features

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