Ginkgo Biloba

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I live in Texas and I planted a Ginkgo Biloba tree about 13 years ago and it is struggling. The neighhood cats has used it as a scratching post and I do not know if the poor guy can be saved or not. I have read that the Ginkgo Biloba survived Hiroshima but can it survive cats? I would love some advice because I feel like I am torturing my tree.
 

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Just ran outside and snapped a picture of the other side. Should my tree be bigger after 13 years? I bought the Ginkgo tree in a 3 gallon bucket and it is a Monrovia. Thank you for the advice and the links. ginko tree.jpg
 
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Looks like the bark is not damaged on that side...so yay! Good news...as to size...there are many cultivars of Ginkgo. Some slower than others. So hard to tell which cultivar you planted. A very slow growing one.

Alrighty then...that's about my grasp on the species. I have a Tschi-Tschi Ginkgo myself. Lovely fall colors ginkgo have. Enjoy your tree. I hope you find a solution to your cat problem.
 
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How tall is it right now and what's the diameter of the trunk? I would think it would be bigger after 13 years in the ground, but there are so many factors at play. How many hours of direct sun does it get during the day? Is that lichen on the trunk in the first picture? Just trying to get a grasp of its growing conditions.

Monrovia can have some unique stuff, so yeah it could be a dwarf cultivar. One thing I've noticed, but isn't entirely accurate, is that a lot of the dwarf cultivars don't have the bi-lobed leaves, which yours seems to lack too so it could be a dwarf.
 
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Beautiful bonsai. I'm 90% positive mine is a 'Autumn Gold' because I wanted to be the only one in my neighborhood with an awesome and one day HUGE Ginkgo biloba tree. When I planted my tree I imagined all the compliments I would get but instead people walk by and stare at my tree with a confused look on their face. I would be too afraid to make my tree a Bonsai because I would probably kill it. What are the chances I could grow cutting from him?
 
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Beautiful bonsai. I'm 90% positive mine is a 'Autumn Gold' because I wanted to be the only one in my neighborhood with an awesome and one day HUGE Ginkgo biloba tree. When I planted my tree I imagined all the compliments I would get but instead people walk by and stare at my tree with a confused look on their face. I would be too afraid to make my tree a Bonsai because I would probably kill it. What are the chances I could grow cutting from him?
Could be you purchased one with said tag...and it still another cultivar...thus is the way of nursery plants. Mislabeled is a sadly more common than one imagines.

No worries...trust me. I killed a few bonsai in my earlier days. It happens...mine on its last hoorah of fall color.
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Is it getting good sun? If it's Autumn gold, it should be near 20 feet or more after 13 years.

I'm thinking there's something else going on, not enough light, or poor soil conditions, or even some supplemental water needed during the growing season... I'd need more info about its growing conditions to help troubleshoot (I've worked at a nursery for over 11 years and this is part of my jobo_O:cool::), but I love trying to figure these things out and helping people with plant problems).
 
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How tall is it right now and what's the diameter of the trunk? I would think it would be bigger after 13 years in the ground, but there are so many factors at play. How many hours of direct sun does it get during the day? Is that lichen on the trunk in the first picture? Just trying to get a grasp of its growing conditions.

Monrovia can have some unique stuff, so yeah it could be a dwarf cultivar. One thing I've noticed, but isn't entirely accurate, is that a lot of the dwarf cultivars don't have the bi-lobed leaves, which yours seems to lack too so it could be a dwarf.
The circumference is 8.5 inches. I just measured it.
 
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The Ginkgo Biloba tree was mislabeled?
Well...you are expecting a 20 foot tree or more, that's the only explanation. I have purchased mislabeled things at the nursery. It happens...especially if they have a few cultivars. Not saying 100% sure.

I did find they are slow growers for several years...before picking up and growing at a rapid rate. I ponder if the tree is suffering from the cats injustice causing this as well. I would protect that trunk...possibly see if a landscape company can offer a treatment of some sort...I had ours do some treatment last year to help it store energy than pushing out new growth. (Landscape tree)

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