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Davidia involucrata | Dove Tree - 380-410cm, 90lt

Davidia involucrata | Dove Tree - 380-410cm, 90lt

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Davidia involucrate is a medium-sized, deciduous tree with broad, pyramidal habit, exfoliating, cinnamon bark, and ovate, red-stalked, heart-shaped, bright green leaves. Small, reddish-purple flower heads have long, oval creamy-white bracts that flutter in the breeze and resemble white doves sitting on a branch or dangling white handkerchiefs. Hence the common name. It flowers in April and May and flowers are followed by greenish-brown fruits. Davidia involucrate thrives in organically rich, moist, but well-drained soils, in full sun or partial shade. It is virtually, pest-free and disease-free. Very resilient and low maintenance. It doesn’t require routine pruning. Must be protected from hard winds. It may take ten years after planting for tree to flower. Davidia involucrate is a stunning specimen landscape tree and a great shade tree, perfect for cottage, informal, and city gardens. It looks great in shrub borders or on patios planted in containers.
  • Common Name

    Handkerchief Tree, Dove Tree

  • Family


  • Type

    deciduous tree

  • Pot Size


  • Height (cm)


  • Native To

    Southwest China

  • Flower

    small, reddish-purple flower heads with long, oval creamy-white bracts

  • Foliage

    ovate, red-stalked, heart-shaped, bright green leaves

  • Maturation period

    20–50 years

Key Info

Size & Spacing

Mature Height

more than 12m

Mature Width

more than 8m

Shape / habit

bushy, pyramidal

Preferred Location


South–facing or North–facing or West–facing or East–facing

Soil Type

acid, alkaline, neutral soil, full sun, partial shade

Soil moisture

moist but well–drained, well–drained

Growing Period




spring, summer, autumn



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During this time, we have developed a large stock of trees, mature evergreen shrubs, conifers, Japanese maples, cedars and olives. What sets us apart from a generic garden center is solid unwavering focus on trees and some bigger shrubs. You will find thousands of trees, hundreds of varieties and lots of experts who are working on the nursery and more than willing to help you to choose a plant for you.

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