I have a Ginko Biloba tree that was planted in approximately 2009 from a seedling and it was pulled out of the ground in fall-2013 while moving. It sat indoors over the winter, not a good idea for deciduous trees as they need to go through the cold of winter to set their clocks for the Spring budding. It was watered off and on when it was dormant that Winter, but it was mostly dried out feeling. In the Spring the buds were dry and the branches turned pretty hard and dead feeling, snapping off easily. I planted it in the ground in late April 2014 and it sat there dead looking for the entire season.
I decided not to give up on it and pull it out as I have heard that sometimes deciduous trees will come back the following year. The winter of 2014-2015 was particularly harsh, one of the coldest in 100 years with the temperatures reaching up to -28 F below here. In the Spring, still nothing, but I waited and waited to see if anything would happen and if it didn’t I would plant a tree in it’s place in 2016. I was already considering where I might get another small Ginko Biloba tree.
2015 provided a hot May and a wet June, so the ground was good and warm early and had plenty of moisture. One day in mid-June I was mowing the lawn and cutting close to a lot of obstacles such as the tree, when I stopped dead in my tracks as I noticed what appeared to be weeds growing around the base of it. But, something looked different about the “weeds” and I stopped just in time as to not mow them down. Sure enough it was actually new growth sprouting near the base of the Ginko tree.
For this year I will let the new growth run wild. Leaving the dead stick part of the plant as a marker so I don’t mow or step on the shoots coming up. Next year I will pick the best shoot and let it thrive, cutting the dead growth and the runty shoots that may appear.
It is amazing how nature surprises you just when you least expect it. One of the oldest species of tree the Ginko Biloba has a few tricks up it’s sleeve for survival after all.