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Davidia involucrata

Pronunciation: Duh-vid-ee-uh in-vol-yoo-kray-tuh
Family: Nyssaceae
Common Name: Dove tree, handkerchief tree, ghost tree
Plant Type:
  • trees, shrubs
Height to: 50'
Width to: 30'
USDA Hardiness Zones:
  • 0 to -10ºF ZONE 6
  • 10 to 0ºF ZONE 7
  • 20 to 10ºF ZONE 8
Sun Exposure:
  • part sun
  • full sun
Bloom Season:
  • late spring
Bloom Description: Dove tree (davidia involucrata) produces dense, pendent, ellipsoid heads, to 3/4" across, of small male flowers, each with red purple anthers and a single ovoid green ovary. Each flowers is surrounded by a pair of leafy white bracts of unequal size. It's followed by pendent fruit that are ridged and greenish brown, 1 1/2" across.
Soil Type: Dove tree (davidia involucrata) prefers fertile, moist, well drained soil
Pests and Diseases: Dove tree (davidia involucrata) rarely is bothered by pests and diseases.
Propagation: Sow the entire fruit of dove tree (davidia involucrata) in a seedbed or in containers in an open frame as soon as ripe. Germination usually occurs in spring after 2 years outdoors. Seed raised plants may not flower for up to 20 years. Insert leaf bud cuttings in early autumn or hardwood cuttings in winter.
Native to: Dove tree (davidia involucrata) is native to s. W. China
Notes for Identification: Dove trees (davidia involucrata) are mid-sized deciduous trees with red-stemmed, green leaves. The bark is grey and smooth and the tree bears small smooth brown-green fruits in autumn. Dove tree (davidia involucrata) shape: broadly conicalsuggested uses: architectural, low maintenance, specimen tree dove tree (davidia involucrata) years to maturity: 15-20 pruning dove tree (davidia involucrata): in late winter or early spring (when dormant), remove wayward or crossing shoots to maintain a permanent, healthy framework. Source: various resources including the american horticultural society a to z encyclopedia of garden plants and the usda pin it
USDA Heat Zones (days above 86ºF):
  • 45 to 60 days ZONE 6
  • 60 to 90 days ZONE 7
  • 90 to 120 days ZONE 8
Seed photo: 1
Seed Label: 0
Located in: Seed Photos
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