Dove tree

Davidia involucrata

Photo/Illustration: 
Al Bussowitz
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Dove tree (Davidia involucrata)
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Genus:  Davidia

This is a lovely species grown for its distinct pairs of 7-inch-long, assymetrical white bracts which hang from the branches in layers in late spring. Given room and maturity (seed-grown trees may not bloom for up to 20 years), this plant is notable in both form and flower.

Noteworthy Characteristics: 

Unusual, papery white bracts make this tree a unique specimen among woody plants.

Care: 

Grow in full sun or part shade in fertile, moist but well-drained soil. Avoid areas with strong winds.

Propagation: 

Sow entire fruit in a container or bed outdoors, or take softwood cuttings in autumn and hardwood cuttings in winter. Germination usually takes two years.

Problems: 

Usually trouble-free.

Overview

Height
Over 30 ft.
Spread
15 ft. to 30 ft.
Growth Habit
Clumps
Growth Pace
Moderate Grower
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Showy Flowers
Bloom Time
Late Spring,
Spring
Flower Color
White
Uses
Specimen Plant/Focal Point
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Type
Trees

Davidia involucrata