Nyssaceae or Davidiaceae
Dove Tree, Handkerchief Tree da-VID-ee-a in-vol-u-KRA-ta
- Broadleaf deciduous tree, 20-40 ft (6-12 m), pyramidal. Leaves alternate, simple, broad-ovate
leaf (5-14 cm long), margin has acuminate teeth, sometimes nearly entire. Flowers are on a 2 cm
sphere on the end of a 7.5 cm peduncle which is subtended by two white bracts (the "dove") of unequal
size (about 10 and 18 cm long). The fruit is ovoid, about 4 cm long, greenish at first, then
- Sun to part shade (esp. afternoon), well-drained rich soil; protect from wind. May take a
decade or more to reach flowering size.
- Hardy to USDA Zone 6 Native to western China.
- involucrata: circle or collection of bracts
- Discovered by the French missionary Armand David in 1896 (hence Davidia) and introduced in 1904
by Ernest Wilson.
- Corvallis: Central Park, north central area
- Oregon State Univ. campus: southwest corner of the Memorial Union Quad; west side of Gilbert Hall