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Dove tree

Davidia involucrata

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

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

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

ProblemsUsually trouble-free.

  • Genus : Davidia
  • Plant Width : 15 to 30 feet
  • Plant Height : 30 feet or more
  • Zones : 6, 7, 8
  • Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Bloom Time : Late Spring, Spring
  • Maintenance : Low
  • Moisture : Medium Moisture
  • Growth Rate : Moderate
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest
  • Plant Type : Trees
  • Flower Color : White
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