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DAVIDIA

Commonly known as Dove tree, Ghost tree, Handkerchief tree



Named for Father Armand David (Père David), a French missionary living in China who first described the tree in 1869.

Very popular tree because of its two white bracts, one about twice the size of the other, which flutter from the branches in late spring on trees from about 10 years old.

"The Times" used to advertise the flowering of the tree in Kew Gardens so that the population could view it.

Genus of one species of deciduous tree found in woodland in China.

 

Further Reading....

  • Deciduous - simple, alternate, broadly oval leaves.
  • Tree - smooth, mid-grey bark.
  • Full sun - shelter from cold winds
  • Partial shade
  • Additional Features - Good to know - the small flowerheads are surrounded by showy white bracts which gives rise to the names. Makes an ideal specimen.
  • Pests & Diseases - none
  • Place of origin - China
  • Soil Conditions - Fertile moist well-drained soil
  • Tree Shape - Broadly conical

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DAVIDIA involucrata   AWARD

DAVIDIA involucrata  >


Commonly known as: Dove tree, Ghost tree, Handkerchief tree.
large white bracts drape the tree in MAY. The green seeds are held on long stalks after the leaves fall and can take over 2 years to germinate
Small £18.00 each
Medium £45.00 each
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Large £75.00 each
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DAVIDIA involucrata 'Sonoma'

DAVIDIA involucrata 'Sonoma'  >


Commonly known as: Dove tree, Ghost tree, Handkerchief tree.
Large white bracts, borne at a much younger age than the species
£45.00 each

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