Dove Tree (Davidia involucrata)

Davidia involucrata

Also known as: Handkerchief Tree

Native: China

Discovered by the French Jesuit, the Abbé David in 1869.


Leaves are bright, light green, the lower surface downy and the upper with fine white hairs. They are fragrant when they first unfold.


Davidia involucrata

Flowers open in May in a tiny round head about 2cm across, almost hidden by the large up to 20cm showy white bracts. Male and female parts are produced in separate flowerheads.


Davidia involucrata

Fruit is solitary, about 3.7cm long, ripening to reddish brown in October and containing three to five seeds.