Backyard Ginkgo Tree Set Buds - November 2021

At the beginning of the month, I posted a couple of photos showing off the pair of VERY SMALL Ginkgo trees that we planted this Fall.  The reason we planted TWO of these trees was because the first one that was delivered1 was damaged and basically cracked in half.   In that post, I talked about how the damaged tree was aging different from the replacement tree that I planted in front.  The one in front (which wasn't damaged) had leaves that were turning yellow (like Ginkos are known to do), while the damaged tree in back was drooping and had more brownish leaves.  

My belief then - and still today - is that the damaged tree in back is unlikely to make it and leaf-out next Spring.  But....but...but...what do I see on the tree this week?  It appears that this tiny, thin Ginkgo tree has set some buds as it headed to dormancy.  See below for a peek at one of the buds that is near the top of the small tree.

These are kind of interesting shaped - almost cone-like.  The bud is set on what I have come to know as a 'spur' (thanks Oregon State Dept of Agriculture).  

Over the last few Falls, I've chronicled some of the buds that our various trees have set as they head into dormancy for Winter. Each of the tree buds are different.   Here's a look at a London Planetree bud from November 2020.  They are pointy and almost like spikes. 

Here's a look at the buds of a Northern Red Oak tree from November 2020.  These are tightly wound, pointy-tipped and appear in little brown clusters.

And, here's a look at some of our Saucer Magnolia flower buds that set earlier in the Fall - these are from September 2019.  They're big, furry and pointed.  

1. [I ordered these trees from an online nursery - which I don't love doing and don't think you get a ton of value. However, I had a warranty to redeem and they were running a free shipping deal, so I picked up the ginko for just a few bucks.]


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