Dove tree

Davidia involucrata

Dove tree - Davidia involucrata

Common Name: Dove tree
Genus: Davidia
Species: involucrata

Category: Trees
Growth Rate: Fast growing
Features: Has interesting foliage

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 15.00 m (1500 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 10.00 m (1000 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: White
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: May

Soil Type: Normal/Loam
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained

  • Other features: a wonderful tree that can often take 10 years to flower

An unusual deciduous tree with gorgeous heart-shaped dark green leaves with soft white down underneath and large white bracts that surround the small flowers in late spring. It is from these bracts that it gets its common names - dove tree or handkerchief tree - as they supposedly look like doves resting on the branches or handkerchiefs drying.

  • Garden care: Requires minimal pruning but you will need to maintain a strong central leader in the first few years. Remove any broken, diseased or crossing branches in late autumn or winter. When planting, incorporate lots of well-rotted garden compost in the planting hole and stake firmly.