This front yard tree on the corner of NW 22nd Ave and Flanders caught my eye a few weeks ago.
The “flowers” of this rare dove tree, Davidia involucrata, are actually bracts like those of dogwoods. Those of the dove tree are distinctive in being asymmetrical. It’s also known as handkerchief tree or ghost tree. Although related to dogwoods this species originally from China is within the tupelo family, Nyssaceae.
If you want one of these, you should know that young trees do not produce flowers. This is for those who can handle delayed gratification only — approximately 10 years! The cultivar ‘Sonoma’ is supposed to produce flowers at only 2 to 3 years of age.
Here’s some additional information I found on this tree from the Oregon State University plant identification website:
- Eventual height of 20 to 40 feet
- Deciduous tree with alternate leaves and yellow fall color
- Hardy to USDA zone 6
- Sun to part shade, rich well-drained soil.