Pocket Handkerchief Tree

The pocket handkerchief tree, known as Davidia involucrata, is a remarkable deciduous tree cherished for its unique and eye-catching flowers. The tree can reach heights of up to 50 feet (15 meters).

The Appearance

A medium-sized deciduous tree with a broad, spreading crown and large, heart-shaped leaves. It produces unique, white bracts that resemble handkerchiefs.


The Produce

These flowers are actually clusters of white bracts surrounding tiny, inconspicuous flowers.


The Flowers

Produces small, inconspicuous flowers surrounded by large, white bracts in late spring.


The Leaves

They typically measure 4 to 8 inches (10 to 20 cm) in length and are arranged alternately along the branches.


The Bark

The bark is smooth and gray when young, becoming more fissured with age.


The Habitat

Prefers well-drained soils and full sun to partial shade. Commonly found in gardens and parks.


The Ecology

Provides habitat and food for various wildlife, including pollinators.


The Culture

Valued for its unique, ornamental flowers that resemble handkerchiefs or dove’s wings.


Fun Facts

The Pocket Handkerchief Tree is also known as the Dove Tree, named for its distinctive flowers that resemble doves.

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