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Winter hardy / Dove Tree (Davidia involucrata)

Dove Tree (Davidia involucrata)
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Beautiful, hardy tree with flowers which hang down just like a handkerchief. The flowers are white and have irregular leaves. 

Expected processing time

2 days

€ 6,00
Price per 2 seeds


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Common name:
Dove tree / Handkerchief tree

Western China

The handkerchief tree is a beautiful tree that is hardy and stands out with its special inflorescence. The flowers have two white, unequal bracts up to 15 cm which hang down just like handkerchiefs. The tree may end up being more than 20 meters high, but grows very slowly.  The trees are nowadays commonly offered by tree cultivators, but propagation from seeds is still a rarity.

Germination instructions:
The handkerchief tree is a challenge to germinate, but it is certainly possible. 

Sow the seeds in sowing mix and keep the soil constantly moist. Set aside in a warm place indoors (cover with foil or glass) and check every few weeks whether there will be a root from the seeds (can take months, possibly longer than a year). As soon as you can see a small root, you can plant that seed cautiously in new sowing mix and leave it three months in the refrigerator (keep soil moisty). After this period, restore it at room temperature.

Sowing time:
All year round


Photo 2: Abudulla Saheem via Flickr

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Catherina - 15-09-2020 10:55

Aanvulling op eerste bericht. Na 8 jaar eerste bloei!

Catherina - 15-09-2020 10:53

Goedemorgen.Wij hebben een vaantjes boom ongeveer 10 meter hoog.
Geweldig mooi! Heb een gekweekt en is nu al 3-4meter hoog .Zaden kapot gemaakt en in de tuin onder het zand laten liggen.Zo een nieuwe boom gekweekt.

Remco - 14-03-2020 11:39

Heb lang lopen nadenken voordat ik deze had besteld, maar vorig jaar uiteindelijk toch maar op gewaagd.
Ik heb ze toen gelijk gezaaid en buiten in mijn tuin neergezet en bloot gesteld aan de weerselementen zonder er verder naar om te kijken.
In Februari was dan toch eindelijk de eerste ontkiemd.

Bart - 27-12-2016 14:57

Na een jaartje wachten beginnen de zaden nu te ontkiemen.

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