Davidia involucrata Baill.

Dove Tree

Tree to about 15 m or so tall with scaly bark, erect trunk and ascending branches. Leaves broadly ovate, bristle-toothed, 8-14 cm long with cordate base, glossy above, occasionally with matted grey hair beneath, fragrant when young. Leaf stalk 4-5 cm long. Flower clusters about 2 cm wide, surrounded by the 2 opposite and unequal, creamy white, 8-16 cm-long, hanging white bracts; Oct-Nov. Fruit an ellipsoid drupe about 2.5 cm long, purplish when mature.

var. vilmoriniana (Dode) Wanger is the most common variety in cultivation; it has hairless leaves except on the veins below (the species has grey down below).

Endangered in its native habitat.

SW China.

VIC: Ballarat (Bot. Gds); Dandenongs ('Pirianda'); Frankston (Long Island Golf Club); Kallista (Old Williams' Nsy site)

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.

Distribution map
kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Asteranae
order      Cornales
family       Nyssaceae
genus        Davidia Baill.