Davidia involucrata

  • Other common names handkerchief tree
    dove tree
    ghost tree
    pocket handkerchief tree
  • Family Nyssaceae
  • Genus 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
  • Details 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
  • Plant range SW China


How to grow

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

Propagation Propagate by seed or hardwood cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types Low Maintenance Architectural City & Courtyard Gardens Cottage & Informal Garden Patio & Container Plants

How to care

Pruning Pruning group 1

Pests Generally pest free

Diseases Generally disease free