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Davidia involucrata 'Lady Sunshine' (v)

handkerchief tree 'Lady Sunshine'

A deciduous conical tree to 15m tall with broadly ovate mid-green leaves irregularly margined creamy-white. Small, dark green flowers held within the large, creamy-white bracts during late spring, are followed by small, ovoid fruits

Size
Ultimate height
Higher than 12 metres
Time to ultimate height
20–50 years
Ultimate spread
Wider than 8 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Clay
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained, Well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green Cream White Green Variegated Cream
Summer Green Variegated Cream Green Brown
Autumn Yellow Green Brown
Winter
Position
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

East–facing or North–facing or South–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H5
Botanical details
Family
Nyssaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Spreading branched
Genus

Davidia is a medium-sized, deciduous tree with ovate leaves and small, dark green flower-clusters each subtended by two large white bracts and followed by ovoid greenish-brown fruits

Name status

Accepted

How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in fertile moist but well-drained soil in a sheltered position in sun or partial shade

Propagation

Propagate by hardwood cuttings in winter. Seed raised plants may not flower for up to 10 years

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Architectural
  • Cottage and informal garden
Pruning

Pruning group 1

Pests

Generally pest-free

Diseases

Generally disease-free

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