Scientific Name: Davidia involucrata
Common Name: dove tree, kleenex tree, handkerchief tree
Family Name: Nyssaceae
Origin: S.E. Asia / Japan / China
Hardiness Zone: Zone 6: (-23 to -18 °C)
Plant Type: Tree - deciduous
Mature Size: 10 - 15m x 7 - 10m (height x width)
Habit: Open, Spreading, Upright
Form: Pyramidal - widely, Round, Vase
Texture: Medium
Landscape Uses: Specimen plant, Spring interest
Exposure: Full sun only if soil kept moist, Filtered shade
Soil or Media: Acidic, Well-drained
Leaves: Simple, Alternate, Soft flexible, Pubescent, Ovate, Serrate
Flowers: Spike, White, May
Fruit: Drupe, Dark-red, Brown, Sep-Oct, (Persistent)
Key ID Features:
Leaves alternate, ovate, most blades 10-15cm long x 7-13cm wide, apex caudate, margin serrate with accuminate tips, base cordate and oblique, petioles 6-12cm long and may be pinkish; flower rounded, ~2cm wide, with many red-purple anthers and a single green ovary, two drooping creamy-white bracts 'dove wings' (one 7-10cm long and the other 15-18cm long), late spring, peduncles 5-7cm long; fruit green-brown nut-like drupe ~4cm wide, containing a single seed. Winter ID: buds plump, terminal, red bud/scales, green tip, shiny; bark orange-brown, scaly; leaf scars each with 3 bundle scars.