This tiny tree is grown for its unusual fan-shaped leaves and warty protrusions along its trunk and lower branches. The growths on Chi Chi Ginkos trunk begin to appear after the tree has reached at least ten years of age and are said to resemble breasts. The fan-shaped leaves have almost parallel veins, and their bright green color changes to a uniform golden yellow in the fall.
This variety is vase-shaped, multi-stemmed, and very dwarf, only reaching 3 to 4 feet tall and wide in 10 years and eventually up to 10 feet tall with age. This variety is male and will not produce any fruit. Ginkos grow best in full sun but appreciate some shelter from the afternoon sun and high winds in Kansas. They are low maintenance and tolerate a wide variety of soils and air quality. They work well as a small accent tree.