Lucinda’s ginkgo in yellow leaf


Ginkgo trees may be commonplace in cooler climates, but they’re unusual in Austin. I’ve seen one at Zilker Botanical Garden, and then there’s this beautiful, mature ginkgo in author Lucinda Huton‘s garden in the Rosedale neighborhood. On her Facebook page, she often posts pics when it turns golden yellow in late November, just before it drops all its leaves in a sudden whoosh.


Lucinda has kindly been emailing me updates on its color. Yesterday sounded like the day to swing by, so I did — and acted like a crazed tree paparazzi with my cell phone camera. Even though 2017 isn’t panning out to be a great year for fall color in Austin (too dry maybe?), Lucinda’s ginkgo is still putting on a dazzling show. And doesn’t the black (metal) cat in the tree add just the right accent?


Back at home, fall color in my own garden is pretty much a dud this year — not much from the pomegranate, Mexican buckeye, or crepe myrtle, though I’m still holding out hope for the Japanese maple — but there’s always plenty of subtler color to enjoy, like this pretty little ‘Cream Spike’ agave, its terracotta-colored spikes echoing its pot and orange chairs around the table.

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6 Responses

  1. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    It was too dry here for decent fall color too. My neighbors ginko didn’t become it usual golden self and it dropped it’s leaves in spurts which was highly unusual. Love your succulent.

  2. Kris P says:

    Love the ginko – and the cat! There’s not been much in the way of fall color here but then that isn’t all that unusual.

  3. That ginkgo has a great form! It may sound weird, but I hadn’t really thought to use them (train/encourage them) in a multi-trunked form like this. I wonder if hers was from a common seedling or a named cv?
    Anyway, I’m new to the Austin blogs, but I’m really happy to be following them now, as i’ll be attending the Fling! Wonderful to be following the news.

    • Pam/Digging says:

      Hi Alyse. I look forward to meeting you in Austin for the Garden Bloggers Fling next spring! What Lucinda has told me about her ginkgo is that it was given to her as a small sapling from John Dromgoole of The Natural Gardener nursery. But you can ask her more during the Fling, as her garden will be on our tours! —Pam

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