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Davidia involucrata/Dove Tree or Handkerchief Tree

Davidia involucrata / Davidia involucrata
Portion of a tree showing the large white bracts and flowers
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Portion of a tree showing the large white bracts and flowers

Large white bract generall on each side of the flower

Here the two bracts on each side of the flowers are clearly seen

The clear white bracts are quite large, thus the name handkerchief tree

The bracts surround tje flowers, which supposedly resemble doves

This plant from China is spectacular in spring bloom

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Scientific Name: Davidia involucrata
Common Name: Dove Tree or Handkerchief Tree
Plant Type: Deciduous
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 6, 7, 8 Determine Your Zone
Height: 30-50 feet
Spread: 20- 30 feet
Bloom time: Spring
Flower color: White
Fruit present: Summer, Fall, Winter
Fruit color: Green, Brown
Light Exposure: Sun, Part Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist
Rate of Growth: Fast
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
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Comments: Small. white,dove-shaped flowers sorrounded by two large white bracts that resemble handkerchiefs. A height of 50 feet may be attained by this pyramidal shaped tree, but in the range of 30 feet is more common. It grows rapidly from seed and produces flowers at a young age. The green fruit turns rust colored in winter. The bark is rough and scaly. Drought and wet soils are not tolerated by the Dove tree.