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Davidia involucrata AGM

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© Mike L. Grant 1997

Characteristics

Plant type

Tree

Habit

Spreading / Branched

Resilience

Hardiness

H5 (hardy - cold winter)

Colour

Flower

White and Dark Green in Spring

Foliage

Green in Autumn, Spring and Summer

Fruit

Brown and Green in Autumn

Size

Ultimate height

Higher than 12 metres

Ultimate spread

wider than 8 metres

Time to ultimate height

20-50 years


Preferred common name

handkerchief tree

Family

Nyssaceae


Davidia is a medium-sized, deciduous tree with ovate leaves and small, dark green flower-clusters each subtended by two large white bracts and followed by ovoid greenish-brown fruits

D. involucrata is a medium-sized deciduous tree with bright green, broadly ovate leaves to 15cm in length. Flowers very small, in rounded heads 2cm in width, held within a pair of creamy-white, ovate bracts to 20cm in length

Other common names

  • dove tree
  • ghost tree
  • pocket handkerchief tree

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun
  • Part shade

Aspect

  • North-facing, East-facing, South-facing or West-facing
  • Sheltered

Cultivation

Easy to grow in a sheltered position in sun or partial shade, but young specimens may not flower

Soil

  • Well-drained or Moist but well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Chalk, Clay, Sand or Loam

Propagation

Propagate by seed or hardwood cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Architectural, City/Courtyard Gardens, Cottage/Informal Garden, Low Maintenance or Patio/Container Plants


How to care

Pruning

Pruning group 1

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

Generally disease free