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Dove Tree

Davidia involucrata

Description:
An interesting and attractive medium sized tree with white flowers (bracts) in spring that give the appearance of white dove tails or handkerchiefs.

Power Line Approved: No

Min. street tree planting width: 6 feet

Mature Height: 30-40 feet

Mature Spread: 30-40 feet

Tree Shape: Broad pyramidal

Where to Plant:
Ideal for planting strips or to as an accent in your yard.

Leaves:
Deep green serrated leaves turning yellow in fall.

Flowers:
Showy white flowers (bracts) resembling handkerchiefs in spring. Flowers thought to resemble white doves sitting in the tree, especially in a slight breeze.

Fruit:
Flowers followed by hanging greenish golf ball sized fruits.

Preferred Site Conditions:
Prefers full sun to partial shade and moist well-drained soils.

Potential Problems:
No serious pest or disease problems.

Minimum Planting Distances:

  • 15 feet from house or building
  • 3 ½ feet back from the face of the curb
  • 5 feet from underground utility lines
  • 10 feet from power poles
  • 7 ½ feet from driveways (10 feet recommended)
  • 20 feet from street lights and other existing trees
  • 30 feet from street intersections

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