Davidia Baill.

Commemorating the French missionary and botanical collector,Armand David, who introduced the tree to cultivation from China in the 1890s.

Deciduous trees. Buds large. Leaves alternate (appear whorled on flowering branchlets), long-stalked, simple. Flowers in dense clusters with many male flowers and one bisexual flower with 2 white protective bracts at the base. Fruit walnut-like, with 3-5 seeds.

Grown mostly for the unusual and attractive handkerchief-like white flower bracts.

1 species from W China.

Semi-hardwood cuttings and seed.

2 large white bracts at base of flower clusters.

Source: Spencer, R. (2002). Nyssaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 3. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 2. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Asteranae
order      Cornales
family       Nyssaceae
Higher taxa
Subordinate taxa
species         Davidia involucrata Baill.