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Mariken High Graft Ginkgo
The small foliage and form make this Ginkgo ideal for bonsai, containers, and small-space gardens.
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Mariken High Graft Ginkgo

Bareroot
Item # 35300
$59.95
Buy 3+ at $54.95 ea
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This True Genetic Dwarf Takes 10 Years to Reach 2 Feet Tall

Grafted Male cultivar with no messy, smelly fruits!
While most Ginkgo plants grow vigorously and reach an ultimate height of about 100 feet tall, this true genetic dwarf is the complete opposite, growing just about 2 feet tall in the first 10 years, and topping out at 4 to 5 feet after several decades. Since Ginkgo is a "living fossil" that has no close living relatives to interbreed with, cultivating desirable traits in this family is quite difficult. It seems like a miraculous coincidence, then, that a mutation discovered in 1995 has produced a stable new breed of truly dwarf Ginkgos. How many generations of bonsai practitioners would have killed for such a well-behaved Ginkgo! Ideal for bonsai, containers, and small-space gardens, this golden-leafed male Ginkgo grows exquisite fan-shaped foliage is in proportion to its overall size.

This variety is a high graft, providing a male plant on an established root stock. This ensures a very healthy plant, but most importantly means no messy fruit to deal with! Ginkgo fruit has an aroma that most people dislike, so a fruitless male plant is highly preferable. And because this male does not waste energy on fruiting, it can spend all its energy on producing beautiful leaves.

Delightfully curled and cupped new foliage of celery green turns bright yellow before dropping in autumn. These leaves are unlike any other in the garden, and when they fall they create a bright pool of color on the garden or patio floor, creating a striking effect.

Plant 'Mariken' in full sun to part shade in well-drained soil. After several decades' growth 'Mariken' may reach 3 to 5 feet high; after 10 years it will have achieved only about 2 feet in height and 2½ in width. Very rare and choice! Zones 4-8.

Genus Ginkgo
Species biloba
Variety 'Mariken'
Item Form Bareroot
Zone 4 - 8
Habit Dwarf
Plant Height 24 in
Plant Width 2 ft 6 in
Additional Characteristics Easy Care Plants, Fall Color, Grafted, Seedless/Sterile
Foliage Color Gold, Medium Green, Yellow
Light Requirements Full Sun, Part Shade
Moisture Requirements Moist,  well-drained
Resistance Disease Resistant, Heat Tolerant, Pest Resistant
Soil Tolerance Clay, Normal,  loamy, Poor
Uses Border, Containers, Fall Color, Foliage Interest, Specimen
Restrictions Canada, Guam, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands

The dry, sparse appearance of bareroot perennials can be alarming to the novice gardener, but in reality ordering bare root is often the smarter choice. Foliage and blooms can be seductive, but the health and long-term potential of a plant truly lies in its roots. Bareroot plants have several advantages over plants in containers—bare roots are less likely to be harmed in the shipping process, their timing is easier to control, and they are field-grown for larger, healthier root systems. This why Wayside Gardens has had great success with bare root plants, and you can too!

It is safer to ship plants in bareroot form because there is no risk in harming new growth, and therefore the plant actually has a better chance of making it safely into the customer’s garden.

And thanks to refrigerated storage, the timing of bareroot perennials can be precisely controlled. “(Bareroot perennials) are dormant,” explains JPPA Lead Horticulturist Benjamin Chester, “But as soon as they leave the refrigerated storage they’ll begin breaking dormancy.” And once the plant ‘wakes up’, it is ready to begin the growing season in earnest, which means it will quickly catch up to the level of container plants.

The most important benefit of bareroot perennials is that they can be field grown rather than confined to containers. The bareroot Cherry Cheesecake Hibiscus pictured hereperfectly illustrates the difference between a field-grown perennial and a containerized one. Wayside Gardens used to offer this variety in a quart container, like the Monarda next to it. But the Hibiscus was simply too cramped in that space, so Wayside switched to growing it in the earth and selling it bare root. The result is a thick, fibrous mass of roots that used to fill up several cubic feet of soil and which, even in its bare, pruned form would be too large to fit back into the 1 Quart container. What a difference a little space makes! While small and slow-growing cultivars can start well in containers, large and vigorous cultivars need more room to stretch out and develop a solid root system.