Plants definitely have a secret life of their own. Sometimes, especially when you don’t pay attention, they produce something that is both surprising and utterly beautiful. This is how I felt when I saw the new leaves on my Ginkgo biloba ‘Sunstream’.
I bought it last fall at Peacock Horticultural Nursery in Sebastopol, CA. It was a fairly small plant in a one-gallon container, and since it went dormant soon thereafter, I forgot about it until this spring.
But look at it now! Almost every leaf has strong variegation.
I can’t get enough of the patterns. The yellow streaks look like they were painted on by hand.
Right after I took these photos I put the tree in a larger pot. Since it’s such a slow grower, it should be fine for years to come.
I have another variegated ginkgo cultivar, ‘Jade Butterflies’. In the past, the variegation was almost white but this year it’s yellow. In fact, it looks just like ‘Sunstream’ but less dramatic because only half of the leaves are variegated.