Pronunciation: duh-VID-ee-uh in-vol-yoo-KRAY-tuh
Common Name: Dove Tree, Handkerchief Tree, Ghost Tree
Height to: 50'
Width to: 30'
USDA Hardiness Zones:
Bloom Description: Dove Tree (Davidia involucrata) 'Sonoma' produces dense, pendent, ellipsoid heads, to 3/4" across, of small male flowers, each with red purple anthers and a single ovoid green ovary. Each flowers is surrounded by a pair of leafy white bracts of unequal size. It's followed by pendent fruit that are ridged and greenish brown, 1 1/2" across.
Soil Type: Dove Tree (Davidia involucrata) 'Sonoma' prefers fertile, moist, well drained soil
Pests and Diseases: Dove Tree (Davidia involucrata) 'Sonoma' rarely is bothered by pests and diseases.
Propagation: Sow the entire fruit of Dove Tree (Davidia involucrata) 'Sonoma' in a seedbed or in containers in an open frame as soon as ripe. Germination usually occurs in spring after 2 years outdoors. Seed raised plants may not flower for up to 20 years. Insert leaf bud cuttings in early autumn or hardwood cuttings in winter.
Notes: Dove Trees (Davidia involucrata) 'Sonoma' are mid-sized deciduous trees with red-stemmed, green leaves. The bark is grey and smooth and the tree bears small smooth brown-green fruits in autumn.
- 0 to -10ºF ZONE 6
- 10 to 0ºF ZONE 7
- 20 to 10ºF ZONE 8
Dove Tree (Davidia involucrata) 'Sonoma' shape: Broadly conical
Suggested uses: Architectural, Low Maintenance, Specimen tree
Pruning Dove Tree (Davidia involucrata) 'Sonoma': In late winter or early spring (when dormant), remove wayward or crossing shoots to maintain a permanent, healthy framework.
Dove Tree (Davidia involucrata) 'Sonoma' Years to Maturity: 15-20
Source: Various resources including The American Horticultural Society A to Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants and the USDA
USDA Heat Zones (days above 86ºF):
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- 45 to 60 days ZONE 6
- 60 to 90 days ZONE 7
- 90 to 120 days ZONE 8