Ginkgo biloba 'Jade Butterflies' / Jade Butterlies Maidenhair Tree

An unusual dwarf, slow-growing form, this plant has bright green leaves and a mature height that is less than half that of standard forms. It's an introduction out of New Zealand that is gaining popularity.

Dwarf form with sturdy dense branching. The leaves are the darkest green of all the Ginkgo, borne in clumps of unusually lobed leaves which gives it the name. 25 to 30% smaller than the species.

(JC Raulston Arboretum) - One of several new, dwarf cultivars, 'Jade Butterfly' represents a new direction for ginkgo in the U.S. Our plant, recently obtained from Stanley and Sons Nursery (Boring, OR), displays a dense growth habit with attractive bunched or tufted foliage, each leaf resembling butterfly wings. Although ultimate size is unknown since this cultivar is recently introduced and named, some estimates state that 10 year-old specimens can reach only 10 feet tall.

Ginkgo biloba 'Jade Butterfly'
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Ginkgo biloba 'Butterfly'
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