Ginkgo biloba 'Pendula' / weeping maidenhair tree

Ginkgo biloba 'Pendula' is thought be many to be a study in wishful thinking. Many selections bearing the 'Pendula' name are anything but a weeping form. Clearly multiple clones exist under this cultivar name. In most cases, plants grow in tree form with widely ascending branching with weeping branchlets.

[New Ornamentals Society] Stiffly weeping forming inverted umbrella over time. Some branches may be irregular and horizontal or nodding at best. It is more of a curiosity than a truly beautiful plant in most cases.

It is unclear if our modern clones are same as the original. The cultivar name has been in the nursery trade since the 1860s and thought to have originated in Belgium.

Specimen at Arboretum Trompenburg This specimen is most likely grafted on top of a standard.
Photo by Cor Kwant
Example of questionable weeping form. This example demonstrates the the broad variation in this plant.
Ginkgo biloba 'Pendula' — a 1950 accession at the New York Botanical Garden, The Bronx, New York (USDA Hardiness Zone 7a); photo from 2020.
Photo by Katherine Wagner-Reiss

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