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Asked by
richardetaylor on
May 8, 2014

Q. Davidia ‘Handkerchief’ tree

Our Davidia has grown from 1 metre to 5 metres in about 7 years. Last year we had a prolific show of hundreds of handkerchiefs; this year just three! Two years ago we had hundreds of large (2cm dia) seed pods with just 3 handkerchiefs. Can we expect handkerchiefs to show every other year? The tree is in middle of large lawn, enjoys every aspect and has no competition from surrounding trees. We feed it every spring. Please advise.

Answered by
theficuswrangler on
May 8, 2014

It sounds like your dove tree is growing well. They often take 10 years or more to begin flowering, so I would speculate that yours is not quite matured yet, and so is somewhat erratic in its habits. Here's an article on the davidia:

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Asked by
Francis Scola on
May 11, 2018
Barrington, RI 02806

Q. handkerchief tree (Davidia)

I purchased a handkerchief tree 12 years ago. (at the time it was 3-5years old.) . It has never bloomed. What should I do to try to get it to bloom?

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
May 12, 2018

It is not unusual for this tree to take decades to bloom and then only occasionally.
This article will refresh you on the care.

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