Ginkgo Frost Damage

I featured this Ginkgo biloba ‘Mariken’ in a recent post where I began the air layering process on it.

As expected, the unseasonably warm March we had has been countered by some freezing temperatures. Last week on a clear night it went down to -2 celsius. I brought most of my smaller trees in the garage, but this ginkgo was left outside to weather it. The damage is clear, but the tree is already starting to throw a new crop of spring growth.

I am not concerned about losing the tree (I’ve seen ginkgo bounce back from worse frost damage than this) but am wondering what effect this may have on the layering process. Time will tell, I guess.

One Response

  1. I too am by the Great Lakes… Not close enough to prevent a frost. I have a 4″ dia. Ginco here in N.E. Ohio that has also suffered frost damage after it began to leaf-out. The original growth on my trees appears to be a little further along than your tree as depicted in the photos. The leaves on my tree that had sprouted prior to the frost have not grown since; meanwhile, I’m glad to report, new leaves have since come on and have grown to full size. It looks like it has a disease but really it only has the problems that come with a cold ….spell.

    May 6, 2012 at 8:45 am

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