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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.
Deciduous - simple, alternate, broadly oval leaves.
Tree - smooth, mid-grey bark.
Full sun - shelter from cold winds
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
Resistant to honey fungus - These plants have little or few problems with honey fungus.
Soil Conditions - Fertile moist well-drained soil
Tree Shape - Broadly conical
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