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Dove Tree

Bracts flutter in breeze

  • Sun Exposure: Full Sun, Partial Shade
  • Height/Habit: 60 feet
  • Zone: 6-8
  • Flowering Date: Spring
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Dove Tree

Named for its fluttering white bracts, this deciduous tree is native to the woodlands of central China and has a broad pyramidal habit. Golfball-sized fruits follow the flowers. Its leaves turn red and orange shades in the fall. 2-3' bareroot. Davidia involucrate

Tree •z6-8 •H60'xW20-35' •Spring •Sun-Part Shade

Product Details
  • Season Spring
  • Unit of Measure1
  • Botanical NameDavidia involucrata
  • Sun ExposureFull Sun, Partial Shade
  • State RestrictionsAE AK GU HI PR
  • Spread20 - 35 feet
  • Spacing30 - 35 feet
  • Hardiness Zone6-8
  • Flowering DateSpring
  • Planting InstructionsPlant in a place where there is enough space to grow high and wide. Prefers a warm place.
  • Flower Color:white
  • Flower FormInconspicuous blackberry like flowers are covered with 2 striking handkerchief like white flyleaves. One is twice the size of the other: 3 and 6''
  • Foliage TypeOval leaves with pointed tips. Edge is dentated
  • Soil RequirementMoist well drained soil.
  • Pruningas less as possible.
  • Additional InformationGenus name honors Abbe Armand David (1826-1900), French missionary in China, 1862-1873, who collected many plants and animals.
  • Unique CharactersticsDavidia involucrata, commonly called dove tree, is native to woodlands in central China. is a deciduous tree that typically grows 20-40' tall with a broad pyramidal habit. Red-anthered flowers in rounded clusters bloom in April-May. However the showy parts of the bloom are the large oval-rounded showy white involucre bracts (one 3-4 inches long and the other 6-7 inches long) which subtend each flower cluster. The bracts flutter in the slightest breeze, and, from a distance, purportedly look like white doves sitting in the tree, hence the common name. Flowers are followed by round, greenish-brown, golf ball-sized fruits on 2-3" stems. Toothed, broad oval, red-stalked, bright green leaves (3-6" long) are heart-shaped at the base. Variable fall color ranges from undistinguished dull pastels to bright oranges and reds. Other common names, all in reference to the unique flowers, include handkerchief tree, laundry tree and ghost tree.
  • Shipped2-3' BAREROOT
  • Height/Habit60 feet
  • Growth RateModerate
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