Davidia involucrata var. vilmoriniana at Bute Park

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Davidia involucrata var. vilmoriniana
late November 2015

Davidia involucrata var. vilmoriniana 1

Davidia involucrata var. vilmoriniana in flower
mid May 2016

Grid reference ST 17616 77003
Common name Pocket-handkerchief tree
Common name Dove tree
Origin Central China
Deciduous Yes
Status Wales Champion 2013
Missing tag 3127
Height 18M February 2016
Girth 245cm at 0.6M November 2015
Reference 349

This tree is at the north end of the Camellia Garden, close to main path by the river.

Davidia involucrata var. vilmoriniana bark

Davidia involucrata var. vilmoriniana
November 2015

Davidia involucrata var. vilmoriniana leaf

Davidia involucrata var. vilmoriniana leaves
mid May 2016

Davidia involucrata var. vilmoriniana foliage

Davidia involucrata var. vilmoriniana foliage
mid May 2016

Davidia involucrata var. vilmoriniana flower

Davidia involucrata var. vilmoriniana flowers & bracts
mid May 2016

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Davidia involucrata var. vilmoriniana flower & bract
mid May 2016

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.