Handkerchief tree - Davidia involucrata

Handkerchief tree - Davidia involucrata

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Davidia involucrata is a slow-growing deciduous tree, originating from the Asian continent; adult specimens can reach 15-18 meters in height. It has an erect stem, with orange-brown bark; the crown of the young specimens is pyramidal, it tends to round with the passing of the years, remaining always very dense and branched.
The leaves are heart-shaped, light green, become yellow in autumn, before falling; in spring trees with at least 8-10 years of age produce numerous rounded inflorescences, consisting of small greenish-white flowers; every inflorescence is almost hidden by large white, pendulous bracts, similar to pieces of fabric; in autumn on the plant you can notice the small fruits, which contain 4-5 seeds.


As for the watering of the handkerchief tree it is good to know what his needs are, so that he can cultivate it at his best. For a correct development of the Davidia involucrata it is advisable to place it in a partially shaded place; the sundays can tolerate full sun, but in this position they need regular watering
In general they can withstand temperatures close to -15 ° C, but it is always good to repair young trees, which can be damaged by particularly cold winters. In areas with harsh climate it is good to plant this type of handkerchief tree in areas that keep specimens sheltered from the effects of the harshest temperatures.


After planting the handkerchief tree it is good to water abundantly and often for a few months, especially in the warm period of the year; the adult specimens are generally satisfied with the rains, although it is advisable to supply water in the summer months and in the event of prolonged drought.
Check that the soil does not allow the formation of water stagnation that would not be healthy for the growth of the Davidia involucrata plant.
In spring bury a good amount of mature organic fertilizer at the foot of the plant so as to provide all the nourishment necessary for proper development.


The sundays prefer fresh, deep, rich and well-drained soils; It is good to mix peat, leaf soil, sand and organic fertilizer with the garden soil, so as to obtain a complete and balanced compound that allows proper drainage and avoids the formation of water stagnation, dangerous for the growth of the specimens.


The multiplication of this kind of tree occurs by seed, as soon as the fruits are ripe, at the end of summer; they can also be sown in other times of the year, but the seeds, once dried, take months to germinate.
It is also possible to propagate these trees by semi-woody cutting, in summer, using special containers in which the new plants will be rooted, so that they acquire the necessary strength to be permanently planted.

Handkerchief tree - Davidia involucrata: Pests and diseases

Generally these plants, being rustic and resistant, are not affected by pests or diseases. For greater safety or in the presence of young specimens, it is possible to intervene, before flowering with the use of broad-spectrum pesticides that will best protect all specimens.