Rarely cultivated but rather distinctive, Davidia involucrata grows into a large tree so it requires space. It does takes time for the plant to grow to a grand size. However, in the meantime it will flower. It has large, oval, toothed leaves which turn yellow - orange, sometimes rusty-yellow in Autumn. It has red, globular flowers which are further highlighted by its surrounding, held by a pair of white bracts, similar to "hanging handkerchiefs", hence the name Handkerchief Tree. These are followed by another attraction: 2-3cm long, green then brown, hanging fruits. These fruits remain on the tree until mid-Winter and so gives some Winter value to the garden. It prefers soil with good drainage. It is a fast growing species, especially when young.
|Plant type||Deciduous tree|
|Flower||White - Late Spring to early Summer|
|Fruit||Brown hanging fruit|
|Position||Full sun, partial shade|
|Soil type||Moist but well-drained|
|Rate of growth||Fast|
|Height and spread||6 x 3m|
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