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DAVIDIA involucrata 'Sonoma'

Commonly known as Dove tree, Ghost tree, Handkerchief tree

Huge white bracts which appear on young plants (even in pots) without the wait for decades for the plant to flower
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Available again from summer 2022 - Could be any time, June through to end August. This is not a guaranteed date but an estimate and subject to availability.
Medium £75.00  

Delivery Information Available again from summer 2022
plant size comparison icon 7.5 Litre


  • Deciduous - broadly ovate, sharp-pointed, toothed, red-stalked leaves to 16cm (6¼in) long with heart-shaped bases
  • Height - 15m (49ft)
  • Spread - 10m (33ft)
  • Tree - slow-growing tree. Produces dense, pendent, small flowers each surrounded by a pair of leafy, oblong, pointed white bracts of unequal size. Fruit is a solitary, greenish brown drupe to 4cm (1½in) across
  • Full sun - shelter from strong winds
  • Partial shade
  • Additional Features - Good to know - - maintain a strong, central leader in the formative years
  • Pests & Diseases - trouble-free
  • Place of origin - China
  • Resistant to honey fungus - These plants have little or few problems with honey fungus.
  • Hardiness - Fully hardy -
  • Leaf margin - Serrate - see photos above
  • Leaf shape - Ovate - see photos above
  • Pruning group - Pruning group 1
    Suitable for: Deciduous and evergreen trees, and some deciduous shrubs.
    Pruning: Minimal pruning required. Prune wayward or crossing branches to maintain a healthy framework.
    When: When dormant in the late winter/early spring. Some in the summer/autumn to prevent bleeding of sap.

    RHS group 1
  • Seasonal Interest - Summer -
  • Soil Conditions - Fertile moist well-drained soil -
  • Tree Shape - Conical -
15m (49ft)
tree - guide for size not form Average Person
  10m (33ft)

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