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Scientific Name: Davidia involucrata
Pronunciation: duh-VID-ee-uh in-voll-you-KRAY-tuh
Common Name: dove tree, kleenex tree, handkerchief tree
Family Name: Nyssaceae
Plant Type: Tree - deciduous
Key ID Features: Tree vase-shape; leaves lightly serrated, ovate/cordate, oblique base, cirrhose tip, pinkish petiole; flowers ellipsoid head with many red-purple anthers and a single green ovary, two drooping creamy-white bracts 'wings', late spring; fruit green-brown nut-like drupe containing a single seed. Winter ID: buds plump, terminal, red bud/scales, green tip, shiny; bark orange-brown, scaly.
Course(s): HORT 2355

Habit: Open, Spreading, Upright
Form: Pyramidal - widely
Texture: Medium
Mature Size:
Height:10 - 15m
Spread:7 - 10m
Growth Rate:Moderate
Origin: S.E. Asia / Japan / China (W. China)
Hardiness Rating: Zone 6: (-23 to -18 C)
Exposure: Filtered shade, Full sun only if soil kept moist
Soil/ Growing Medium: Acidic, Well-drained
Water Use: Moderate
Landscape Uses: Specimen plant, Spring interest
Additional Info: Google
dove tree, kleenex tree, handkerchief tree
Leaf Morphology: Glossary
Form: Simple
Arrangement: Alternate
Texture/ Venation: Soft flexible
Surfaces: Pubescent
Colour in Fall: Green, Brown
Leaf(let) Terms:
Shapes: Ovate
Apices: Acuminate
Bases: Cordate
Margins: Serrate

Inflorescence Type: Head-like, Spike
Flower Morphology:Flowers perfect
Number of Petals:0
Ovary Position:Superior
Colour (petals): Showy, White
Flower Scent: None
Flower Time at Peak: May
Additional Info: Does not flower until mature (10 years); 'heads' each with two large white bracts; single female flower surrounded by male florets

Fruit Type: Drupe
Fruit Colour: Dark-red, Brown
Fruiting Time: Sep, Oct
Additional Info: Not showy, Persistent, Appears nut-like when brown and mature pericarp tissue (but no husk, bracts or other accessory tissue as with true nuts)

Bark Morphology: Plated
Bark or Stem Colour: Grey, Brown, Orange
Leaf Bud Type: Ovoid
Organ Modifications: Leaf-like bracts

Propagation: Seed, Hardwood cuttings, Softwood cuttings, Layering
Pest Susceptibility: Pest resistant, Disease resistant
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