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PlantFiles: Maidenhair Tree
Ginkgo biloba 'Jade Butterfly'

Family: Ginkgoaceae
Genus: Ginkgo (GING-ko) (Info)
Species: biloba (bi-LOW-buh) (Info)
Cultivar: Jade Butterfly
Additional cultivar information: (aka Jade Butterflies)

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12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested
Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring

Grown for foliage
Good Fall Color

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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3 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Gewissjohn On Aug 6, 2012, Gewissjohn from Acton, MA wrote:

I unfortunately had to move this plant in my garden two times over the last three or four years, but it has not shown any signs of transplant shock. Rock solid performer in my opinion.

Leafs out late and drop its canary yellow leaves quickly after first frost. Slow grower with distinctive fan-shaped jade color leaves. The plant thrives in brutal sun and average soil but does appreciate additional watering.

My plant was pruned to have a more lateral flow that is actually quite reminiscent of a butterfly. Unfortunately, this has led to much confusion among garden visitors who think the cultivar name come from its unnatural habit and not its wonderful foliage. So much for creativity!

Positive bonehead On Nov 23, 2009, bonehead from Cedarhome, WA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Slow growing tree. Slow to break dormancy in spring. Nice yellow fall color, crisp and clear.

Positive sladeofsky On Aug 26, 2006, sladeofsky from Louisville, KY (Zone 6b) wrote:

Imagine a Japanese maple that has switched leaves with a ginkgo. Use as a specimen plant, this will never be a shade tree. This is one of the most distinctive forms of ginkgo. Selected by Duncan and Davies of New Zealand.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Chicago, Illinois
Louisville, Kentucky
Acton, Massachusetts
Euclid, Ohio
Media, Pennsylvania
Oxford, Pennsylvania
North, South Carolina
Stanwood, Washington

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