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Davidia (or the 'Handkerchief Tree') is a medium-sized, deciduous tree with ovate leaves and small, dark green flower-clusters each subtended by two large white bracts and followed by ovoid greenish-brown fruits

 

Overview: Deciduous tree up to 20 m tall, with bark lifting from the trunk in large flakes.

 

Leaves: Vivid green and heart-shaped with a fine point at the tip. Young leaves are scented.

 

Flowers: Borne in compact, roughly spherical, reddish purple flower heads, about 2 cm in diameter. Flower heads are overshadowed by a pair of thin, white bracts, the longest one being up to 30 cm long and about twice the size of the other. The delicate bracts flutter in the breeze giving rise to the common names handkerchief, dove and ghost tree.

 

Fruits: Hard, dark-green nuts, which turn purple when ripe. Each fruit contains 6–10 seeds.

Seeds germinate erratically, and trees may need 10–20 years to flower

 

The most striking feature of the handkerchief tree is its flowers, or more accurately, the bracts, or protective leaf, outside the flowers. The flowers themselves are small and purple but are literally overshadowed by two thin white bracts, one of which is twice the size of the other. These delicate bracts flutter in the breeze providing the tree with its common names.

The tree can reach a height of 20m (65ft) in the wild but does not produce its signature flowers until it is about ten years old. The leaves of Davidia involucrata are a vivid green and are heart-shaped with a fine point at the tip. The flowers emerge in May, followed by dark green fruit in the form of a hard nut, which turns purple when ripe

 

What looks well as a combination with davidia:

 

Azaleas (evergreen )

Lily of the valley

Ferns Japaneze maples

Peony rose

Aquilegias

Solomon seal

Astelia

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