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Dove Tree (Handkerchief Tree) Davidia involucrata (Nyssaceae) HEIGHT to 20m. Slender, conical deciduous tree; stout, tapering bole. BARK Orange-brown, peeling vertically. BRANCHES Thick; shoots are smooth and brown and buds are red. LEAVES To 18cm long, heart-shaped with a pointed tip and toothed margin, 5–9 pairs of veins and a 15cm-long pinkish or yellow-green petiole; dark shiny green above, paler and downy below. REPRODUCTIVE PARTS Flowers are small, petal-less, in dense clusters of many male flowers with purple anthers and one hermaphrodite flower; surrounded by large pair of white bracts, one larger than the other, to 20cm long. Rounded fruits, to 2.5cm across, are green at first, ripening to purple-brown. STATUS AND DISTRIBUTION Native of China, popularly planted here.