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Davidia involucrata

10 lt pot (1-1.2m) £99.99
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Buy Davidia involucrata dove tree: Glorious tree with its white bracts leaves

This tree is deciduous so it will lose all its leaves in autumn, then fresh new foliage appears again each spring.

  • Position: full sun or partial shade
  • Soil: moist, well-drained soil that isn't prone to long periods of drought
  • Rate of growth: fast-growing
  • Flowering period: May
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    An unusual, deciduous tree with gorgeous heart-shaped, dark green leaves with soft white down underneath and large, white bracts that surround the small flowers in late spring. It is from these bracts that it gets its common names - dove tree or handkerchief tree - as they supposedly look like doves resting on the branches or handkerchiefs drying. It is a wonderful tree that can often take 10 years to produce lots of flowers although you may get a few blooms earlier on.

    The tree in a 10lt pot is approx 3 years old.

  • Garden care: Requires minimal pruning but you will need to maintain a strong central leader in the first few years. Remove any broken, diseased or crossing branches in late autumn or winter. When planting incorporate lots of well-rotted garden compost in the planting hole and stake firmly.

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Beautiful tree in perfect condition


A beautiful tree everyone with a garden of any size should grow.


Newcastle upon Tyne


Healthy tree


Healthy, well-formed tree. Look forward to seeing the white bracts in 10 to 15 years time.




Dove tree


Beautiful plant. It takes several years before it flowers so waiting patiently




Lovely little tree


This arrived, very well packed, and in great condition. It is a beautifully shaped tree and has grown well since planted. I believe it will be several years before it produces the wonderfully showy bracts (hence the name Handkerchief Tree) but I am confident it will be worth the wait.

Jean the gardener




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Could I restrict a handkerchief tree to a particular height ? I would like to pollard or prune it but am concerned that this would affect flowering whenever that occurs.

Cherries Girl

Hello, I'm afraid these beautiful trees do not respond well to hard pruning, so unless you have lots of room for them to grow (they can get quite large), then I would not recommend them.


how old is your 10L pot size? I want to replace an established bamboo but would like some flowers in 1 - 2 years. Thank you.


Hello there This tree in a 10lt pot will be approx a 3 year old tree. Although it can take up to 10years for it flower well, you may get a few blooms when it is still quite young. Hope this helps

DO I have to wait until the autumn to plant one of these? I want to give it away as a gift in July.

strawberry blondie

Morning This is a wonderful tree... As a general rule plants that are grown in containers can be planted at any time of year as long as the soil isn't frozen solid. The best times are in the autumn when the soil is still warm enough to encourage root growth but the plant isn't in active growth, or the spring before the temperatures start to rise. You can plant now as long as you make sure that the tree is kept well watered all through the summer. Hope this helps


November pruning of trees and shrubs

By November the garden is well and truly dormant, so it’s a good time to prune many deciduous garden trees. As for October, prune newly planted trees to remove any damaged growth and help balance the shape of the canopy as well as maintain a dominant main

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