Davidia involucrata var. vilmoriniana #2 at Bute Park

Davidia involucrata var. vilmoriniana 0

Davidia involucrata var. vilmoriniana
late May 2023

Grid reference ST 17749 76612
Common name Pocket-handkerchief tree
Common name Dove tree
Origin Central China
Deciduous Yes
Missing tag 3256
Height 15M May 2023
Girth 88cm May 2023
Reference 870

This tree is towards the south of the Riverside border.

Davidia involucrata var. vilmoriniana flower1

Davidia involucrata var. vilmoriniana flowers
mid May 2023

Davidia involucrata var. vilmoriniana flower2

Davidia involucrata var. vilmoriniana flower
mid May 2023

Davidia involucrata var. vilmoriniana leaf1

Davidia involucrata var. vilmoriniana leaves
late May 2023

Davidia involucrata var. vilmoriniana fruit1

Davidia involucrata var. vilmoriniana fruit
early July 2023

General tree description

Davidia involucrata var. vilmoriniana is a variant of Davidia involucrata, the Pocket-handkerchief tree. Its only significant difference from the species is that its leaves have smooth undersides, while the species has dense, short hairs on the underside of its leaves. It is a medium sized tree, up to around 20 metres tall, with orange-brown bark, heart-shaped leaves and spectacular white bracts surrounding the flowers in May. The fruits are hard, dark-green nuts, which turn purple when ripe.