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Davidia involucrata


Davidia involucrata is a must-have collector's item for woody plant enthusiasts with a floral display like no other tree.

The first time I saw Davidia involucrata in real life was in Vancouver's Stanley Park where a large, full-grown, jaw-dropping specimen was in full bloom with thousands of pendulous white bracts. As a teenager it looked to me like someone had "toilet papered" the entire tree with individual sheets! More eloquently it is known as dove, ghost or handkerchief tree. It is a singularly distinctive medium-sized tree growing 20-40 feet tall and wide. Flowers are followed by attractive, round, golf ball-sized fruits that turn russet in fall. Fall foliage colour offers muted tones of purple, orange and red. For the 2024 Rare Flowering Tree Pre-Order plants will be in 15cm pots and about 1 foot tall.

Common Name: Dove Tree - [RFT Pre-Order]

Family: Nyssaceae (The Sour Gum or Tupelo Family)

Zone Hardiness: 6-8

Light: Full Sun, Part Sun, Part Shade

Height: 25-40'

Width: 10' and over

Primary Bloom Colour: White/Cream

Secondary Bloom Colour: Yellow

Class: Deciduous

Type: Tree

Bloom Time: Spring

Soil Moisture: Average, Moist

Stem Colour:

Fragrance: No



Deer Resistant: Unknown

BC Native: No

Native Habitat: Woodlands and mixed forests on mountains in southwest China from 1100-2600 metres.


Geogrpahical Origin: Asia and the Pacific - Asia - China and Japan

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