This hardy and very beautiful ornamental tree, popular in parks and larger gardens, drawing the eye to a desired location, is commonly known as a Pocket Handkerchief Tree, Dove Tree or Ghost Tree. This is due to the appearance of its white pendant bracts that surround tiny flowers in late spring.
Davidia Involucrata is the only species in the genus Davidia belonging to the family of the Nyssaceae. It was discovered by, and later named after the French missionary Father Armand David, in its native China in 1865. It was introduced to Europe and North America in the early 1900’s.
A prized ornamental tree with bright green heart shaped leaves with a fine point at the tip. Grown for the beauty of its white bracts that surround the tiny reddish purple flower heads that appear in spring. They’re at their best in late May, which is when they are described often as having the appearance of resting doves, or on a breezy day, fluttering doves on the branches, as well as pure white handkerchiefs drying on the tree from which the common names are derived.
The fruit produced is a very hard nut surrounded by a greenish brown husk hanging down on a long stalk, turning purple when ripe. Refreshingly, for such a beautiful tree, the Davidia is no Diva – it doesn’t have a long list of must have cultural requirements, but would benefit best if planted in a sheltered position, with no other particular fuss, just the best spot you can offer such a worthy plant, well prepared.
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