Davidia Involucrata

 

Davidia Involucrata Handkerchief Tree, Ghost Tree, Dove Tree. An attractive conical deciduous tree with red-stalked, heart-shaped, mid-green leaves. In spring small flower heads are surrounded by two white bracts, followed by greenish brown fruit. Max Height 15m. Max Spread 10m. Flowers April to May. Fruits June.

 

 

Plant in fertile well drained soil in a sheltered site. Full sun / partial shade, Hardy

 

General Tree Planting and care

  • Water the Tree thoroughly and allow to drain fully
  • If the Tree is being planted in a lawn remove a circle of turf
  • Dig a hole twice the size of the pot being planted and fork over the base Adding a bucketful of planting compost
  • Drive in one or two tree stakes a little off centre
  • Remove the pot gently, if the tree is well rooted cut off the pot
  • Position the tree against the stake if one stake is used or in the middle if two are being used
  • Ensure that the top of the Root ball is level with the surrounding soil
  • Replace the remaining soil and heel in well
  • Secure to the stake or stakes using one or two rubber adjustable straps
  • Water the tree and area thoroughly, then again at least once a week during the first growing season
  • Apply some general fertiliser every spring