Dove Tree

Davidia involucrata

Truly intriguing and beautiful! On mature trees, large showy white bracts surrounding small, red-anthered flowers flutter like handkerchiefs in the slightest breeze, appearing from a distance like doves sitting among the branches. Broad leaves take on fall color varying from warm pastels to warmer orange and red tones. Deciduous.
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Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.

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Botanical Pronunciationduh-VID-ee-uh in-vol-yoo-KRAY-tuh
Average Size at MaturityReaches 15 to 20 ft. tall and wide in 10 years; to 40 ft. tall with age.
Bloom TimeLate spring flowers, followed by small ornamental fruits.
Deciduous/ EvergreenDeciduous
Flower AttributeShowy Flowers
Flower ColorWhite
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleContemporary, Rustic
Growth HabitPyramidal
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseSpecimen, Woodland Garden, Wildlife Garden
Light NeedsFull sun, Partial sun
Special FeatureFall Color, Tolerates Acidic Soil
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
Companion PlantsBirch (Betula); Beech (Fagus); Hydrangea (Hydrangea); Mountain Laurel (Kalmia); Hosta (Hosta)

Provide organically rich, evenly moist, well-drained soil. Best with some afternoon shade in hot summer areas. Water deeply, regularly during the first few growing seasons to establish an extensive root system. Feed regularly during the growing season with a general purpose fertilizer.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 6-8

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