Ginkgo biloba 'Lakeview' / Lakeview maidenhair tree
Ginkgo biloba 'Lakeview' is a male selection of maidenhair tree that is practically pest free, resistant to storm damage, and casts dense shade. It makes a durable street tree especially where overhead vertical space limits selection of wide trees. The overall structure is symmetrically pyramidal, eventually growing about 50 feet (15 m) tall and 20 to 25 feet (6 - 7 m) wide, which is quite unlike the open spreading habit of the typical species. There are other narrow, upright cultivars such as Princeton Sentry and Fairmont.
Ginkgo tolerates most soil, including compacted, and alkaline. The tree is easily transplanted and has a vivid yellow fall color which is second to none in brilliance, even in the south. However, leaves fall quickly and the fall color show is short. Unlike the species, the tree does not set fruit.
This cultivar originated as a seedling selected in 1962 by E. H. Scanlon, Cleveland, Ohio, USA. The cultivar 'Lakeview' originated at Lakeview Cemetery, Cleveland, Ohio. Nurseries asexually propagated the various ginkgoes at Lakeview and used the cultivar name 'Lakeview' for their progeny. Therefore, there are various clones of maidenhair tree under the single cultivar name 'Lakeview.' This also happened during propagation of the cultivar 'Fairmount.'
Ginkgo biloba 'Lakeview' — a 1964 acessioned at the New York Botanical Garden, The Bronx, NY (USDA Hardiness Zone 7a); photo from 2020.
Photo by Katherine Wagner-Reiss
Ginkgo biloba 'Lakeview'
— a nice example of the oval growth habit of this selection.
Photo by Bill Barger