Davidia Involucrata Seeds, Hardy Dove Tree, Handkerchief or Ghost Tree, Garden Plants

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Davidia Involucrata
Also known as: The Dove Tree, Handkerchief Tree, Ghost Tree

Here is a tree we are very excited to offer and is rather hard to come by in North America. It is native to South Central and Southwest China from Hubei to southern Gansu, south to Guizhou, Sichuan and Yunnan. This is the only species in the genus and there are 2 varieties of it. Botanists place this genus in either the Nyssaceae (tupelo), Cornaceae (dogwood) or Davidaceae family.

It is a medium-sized deciduous tree, growing moderately fast to 20'–40' tall. The red anthered flowers in rounded clusters bloom in April-May. However the showy parts of the bloom are the large oval white uneven bracts that hang down up to 6" long and flutter in the breeze. From a distance they look like white doves sitting in the tree, hence the common name. The bright to dark green leaves are roughly heart-shaped (cordate) and lightly serrated around the edges. Fall color ranges from undistinguished dull pastels to bright oranges and reds. Grows well in full sun or part shade. Said to be hardy to USDA zone 6-8.

The fruit is a very hard nut that contains up to 10 seeds each.

This offer is for one nut, that may contain up to 10 seeds.