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Davidia involucrata

For sale by Grahame Oakey, Acorn Trees and Shrubs

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Many more rare/choice conifers and broad leaves, send message for full list. Prices are ex vat, ex nursery, 50% surcharge ex vat for orders under £250 ex vat. I currently have many broadleaves(large and small) to dispose of at little more than cost.

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30cm × 6cm

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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 | Rackenford, Tiverton, Devon, EX16 | Copyright Greenplantswap 2018
  • LightPart shade
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilFertile, Rich
  • WaterSemi-moist

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    rare/choice conifers and some broadleaves too. Long needle pine and pinus parviflora specialist. Youngsters to specimen sizes- probably the most diverse collection of conifers for sale in the UK with many species & cultivars that I am sole UK supplier of- visit for the full stock list and picture file.

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