The Handkerchief Tree

Also known as the dove tree, pocket handkerchief tree or ghost tree.

Davidia involucrata

Davidia involucrata is a medium-sized, deciduous tree with ovate leaves and small, dark green flower-clusters each subtended by two large white bracts and followed by ovoid greenish-brown fruits. Usually placed in the tupelo family, but sometimes included in the dogwood family, and by yet others given family status of its own, as Davidiaceae.


4 Comments Add yours

  1. What strange looking (yet beautiful) flowers!


    1. Heyjude says:

      Indeed. The flowers are the small greenish balls, but they are hidden between the two large oval white bracts, which are very eye-catching.


  2. Lucid Gypsy says:

    Great photo Jude, they are just fabulous. I’m hoping for sunshine this weekend to take a friend to Marwood Hill for a birthday treat, fingers crossed for me 🙂


    1. Heyjude says:

      Marwood Hill is a lovely place. I do hope you have a sunny day and get some lovely photos. We had a ginger scone there – I can recommend it if you are fond of ginger 🙂


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