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botanical name:
Davidia involucrata
Davidia involucrata © Deeproot Plant Base
common name:  Handkerchief tree, Chinese dove tree, Ghost tree
family:  Davidiaceae
characteristics: tree
height: 15.00m
width: 10.00m
growth rate: medium
growth habit: conical
leaf colour: green
flower colour: white
fruit colour: brown
stem/bark: grey
main season: Spring
aspect: full sun, part shade
conditions: moist soil
preferred soil pH: any
minimum temp: -15°C
USDA zone: 6 to 10
Lovely deciduous tree of broadly conical habit with pointed, ovate, toothed leaves on reddish stalks. In late spring it produces pendent, small rounded, reddish flower heads, surrounded by a very prominent pair of unequally sized, papery white bracts, giving the tree its common names. Pendent greenish-brown, ridged fruits follow.

Moist, well drained, fertile soil in sun or part shade, sheltered from strong winds. Trees begin to flower when about 10 years old.

Leaf-bud or hardwood cuttings. May be raised from seed by sowing the whole fruits as soon as ripe, but they normally only germinate after two winters.

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