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 with 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.
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
Width: 10' and over
Primary Bloom Colour: White/Cream
Secondary Bloom Colour: Yellow
Bloom Time: Spring
Soil Moisture: Average, Moist
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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