Ginkgo biloba 'Jehosephat' / Jehosephat maidenhair tree / Spring Grove #86

Ginkgo biloba 'Jehosephat' is a dwarf, upright, tree form of Chinese maidenhair tree, otherwise known as Ginkgo. This plant has very short and stubby branches with green leaves set out horizontally in a rosette look. They are of typical size for the species with good yellow fall color. After 10 years of growth a mature specimen will measure 2 feet (60 cm) tall and wide, suggesting an annual growth rate of 2 to 3 inches (5 - 7.5 cm).

This cultivar originated as a witch's broom discovered in the late 1990s at Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA. It is one of several brooms found there and numbered for the location they were found. This particular broom was provisionally named 'Spring Grove' #86 until Rich Larson registered it as Ginkgo biloba 'Jehosophat' with the Royal Horticultural Society.

Ginkgo biloba 'Jehosephat' — a specimen accessioned in 2008 at the Morris Arboretum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Photo from 2019.
Photo by Katherine Wagner-Reiss
Ginkgo biloba 'Jehosephat' — a closeup of foliage detail.
Photo by Katherine Wagner-Reiss
Ginkgo biloba 'Jehosephat' seen at Dawes Arboretum, Newark, Ohio, during ACS national meeting, June 2016.
Photo by William Dunagin
Ginkgo biloba 'Jehosephat' in the Gotelli Collection, U.S. National Arboretum, Washington, D.C. May 2000.
Photo by Dax Herbst