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Davidia involucrata

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Dove Tree 

FAMILY: DAVIDIACEAE

Davidia involucrata - Dove Tree

About Dove Tree at OSU's Landscape Plants site

  • Also known as the handkerchief tree or ghost tree.

  • Native to China.

  • Can reach 100’ but this is rare.

  • Leaves are heart-shaped and tend to be malodorous.

  • Flowers are very small but have two white bracts, one larger than the other, hence its common name: the tree looks like hundreds of doves are sitting on the branches when in flower.

  • Fruit is roundish, green, hard, and about 1.5” in width on a 3” stalk.

  • Fall color is a muted yellow.

  • Very rare in Portland, although #265 is more common than the species tree. #292 was planted as a seedling in 1952.

Tree #LocationDimensionsPhoto and Notes
265

4014 NE Laurelhurst

Private, Rear Yard

40' Height

40' Spread

5.3' Circ.

This tree is not visible from the street. It is Davidia involucrata var. vilmorinia,a variety of the Dove Tree with hairless leaves, called a Hardy Dove Tree.

Davidia involucrata - Dove Tree
292

Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden

Portland Parks & Recreation

40' Height

54' Spread

5.4' Circ.

This tree was planted as a seedling in 1952 and is located within the Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden (Fee Entry). It can be found at the south end of the Park, between the Pavillion and the Restrooms.

Davidia involucrata - Dove Tree