Maidenhair tree commonly called by it genus name, Ginkgo, in this area is one great tree with outstanding fall color. BUT, you need to plant it in the right conditions for it to grow into a large tree. The two you see here were planted about 10 or so years ago. Notice the one in my friend’s yard seems to be growing tall, and mine looks nice but is stunted with a more globose foliage shape. Here is the difference. The tall upright one is in the middle of a well drained location that stays on the dry side, and has little or no irrigation. That is what this tree really likes. Mine on the other hand sits in fertile soil, on a rock shelf, and is irrigated. So I don’t expect it to get very large (it was planted about the size it is now and has never been pruned or shaped). So remember, the best time to plant trees is now, but if you have a moist location, even if it is sunny, choose another tree. If you want to enjoy its large tree size, beautiful fall color, and its drought tolerance, a male ginkgo is for you (females fruit and the fruit stinks). In my yard, if I wanted a shade tree, a maple would have been a better choice because of its fibrous roots and love of irrigation.