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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
Deciduous - broadly oval, sharp-pointed, toothed, red-stalked leaves to 16cm (6in) long. Leaves are mid-green above and softly hairy beneath.
Height - 15m (49ft)
Spread - 10m (33ft)
Tree - produces dense, pendent heads, to 2cm (¾in) across, of small male flowers with purple-red anthers. Each flower is surrounded by a pair of white bracts of unequal size. The hanging ridged fruit are 4cm (1½in) across.
Hardy - cold winter - Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters. May not withstand open/exposed sites or central/northern locations. Plant can withstand temperatures down to -15°C (5°F)
Full sun - shelter from cold winds.
Additional Features - Pests & Diseases - none.
Place of origin - southwestern China. Introduced into the UK by Ernest Wilson (1876-1930) in 1901.
Hardiness - Fully hardy
Soil Conditions - Fertile moist well-drained soil
Tree Shape - Broadly conical
Davidia - Growing Guide
Trees - Care Guide
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Buy Varieties of DAVIDIA involucrata
Fertilisers & Feeds - Vitax
Q4 Pelleted Fertiliser
A useful fertiliser suitable for use on a wide variety of plants. Q4 provides all the nutrients and trace elements essential for vigorous growth, abundant flowering and ripening of fruit.
3 options from £6.00
Fertilisers & Feeds - Empathy
Rootgrow mycorrhizal fungi
Recommended by the RHS. Contains Rootgrow™ mycorrhizal fungi. Suitable for all trees and shrubs (except rhododendrons, azaleas, heathers, cranberries and blueberries)
2 options from £6.00
Vermin & Pest Control
Essential small tree protection from vermin and strimming. This pack includes 5 x 90cm canes and 5 x 90cm spiral guards. Includes instructions.
Slate Plant Labels
These wonderfully tactile natural slate plant labels are hand made in Cornwall and come with a chalk pen. Just stick them in your pot or border. Pack of 6.
Slate Tie-on Plant Labels
Hand made in Cornwall, these delightful natural slate labels are perfect for pots. Comes with chalk pen. Pack of 5