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Davidia involucrata on the rows of the Barcham Trees nursery
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Davidia involucrata

Handkerchief Tree, Dove Tree

Estimated fully grown height 7-12m

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A stunning tree that produces intriguing flowers that are brilliantly unique!

This pretty tree is known as both the Handkerchief Tree or Dove Tree, owing to its interestingly shaped flowers. The unique Davidia involucrata was discovered in China by Père David in 1869 and introduced to the UK in 1904. The flowers is produces are truly one of the great beauties of the plant world! The variety vilmoriniana is often specified but there is little or nothing to choose between this and its parent.

The name of this tree is so designated due to the large handkerchief like flowers that are adorn mature trees in May, followed by large, oval fruits in autumn. The bright green leaves are similar to that of Lime and emerge at a similar time to the flower.

Davidia involucrata is a broadly pyramidal tree, of medium to large size at maturity. It thrives best on deep fertile soil and prefers to be planted in a fairly sheltered position.

Whilst this superb tree is a must have for those of you that would like something unusual in your planting scheme, it is worth noting that flowering can take 15-20 years to occur and thus this tree does involve some investment in time on your part! It is therefore best planted by the patient, in an area where its beauty can be appreciated in years to come. The trees we supply here are 5-7 years old and can therefore give some head start from a flowering perspective!

Mature height: 7-12m

Tree Specification

Tree Location
Garden, Parkland,
Mature Height
Blossom Colour
Foliage Colour
Looks good in
Autumn, Spring,
Fruit & Nut
Soil Type
Well drained, Will tolerate most soil types,
Autumn Colour
Good for waterlogged soil
Pleached Tree
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Delivery Guide

Barcham Trees are delivered using a local team of hauliers whom are well versed in transporting trees across the length and breadth of the UK. Our standard delivery is based upon sharing a delivery slot on one of our lorries and is calculated on a county by county basis.

Get a quote for delivery for your county here.

Free delivery is granted on the following order levels:
England, orders over £2,750
Wales, orders over £3,750
Scotland, orders over £4,750

Once you have completed your order online we will phone you to schedule in your delivery. On many occasions we are able to link in your order quickly but please allow up to 15 working days from the time of order to delivery as the worst case scenario.

Please note that all of our deliveries are made on Heavy Goods Vehicles, with our smallest available lorry generally being a 10 tonne vehicle. Deliveries are made to kerbside, or nearest reasonable access point and the lorry drivers are unable to move the trees once they are onsite.

For those of you ordering Instant trees, have special requirements or access limitations, please remember that throughout this process we are only a phone call away! Our experienced team of arborists are on hand to offer advice and can be contacted Monday to Friday between 9am - 5:30pm on 01353 720 950.

For further details of our delivery service and conditions, please visit our Delivery Service Advice page.