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Davidia involucrata

For sale by Grahame Oakey, (Acorn Trees and Shrubs), hmcw, Freeman of WCFM

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Many more rare/choice conifers and broad leaves are available. Please message me for the full stock list.(1,100no. species/cv's) and picture files. Larger and smaller sizes may be available. Prices are ex vat, ex nursery, 30% surcharge ex vat for orders under £250 ex vat. The conifer stock is probably the most diverse retail collection in the UK with over 100no. items that I am sole uk supplier of. Items listed on GPS are offered subject to availability, and subject to more recent updates. E&OE

Plant Size
Total Price
130cm × 60cm

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Plant Finder: about Davidia involucrata

Common names

Pocket handkerchief tree, Ghost tree, Dove tree, Ladies handkerchief


Davidia involucrata (Pocket handkerchief tree). This conical tree has broad leaves up to 15cm long, and small, deep-set, red-purple flowers surrounded by two long white bracts up to 30cm long. The green brown purple, pendent and ridged fruit are up to 5cm across. The more common cultivated form is Davidia involucrata var. vilmoriniana, which has paler and less downy leaf undersides.


Fully hardy, but will need shelter from strong winds. They will require sun or semi-shade with fertile, well drained but preferably moist soil.

Interest and use

Once considered the Holy Grail of exotic flora, seeds from the tree were first brought back to the UK from China in 1901 by the famous botanist Ernest Wilson.

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Davidia involucrata | London, SW16 | Copyright Greenplantswap 2020
  • LightPart shade
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilFertile, Rich
  • WaterSemi-moist

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