Davidia involucrata seeds mature in October, commonly known as dove tree, handkerchief tree, pocket handkerchief tree, ghost tree etc, is a medium-sized deciduous tree, usually placed in the tupelo family (Nyssaceae), but sometimes included (with the tupelos) in the dogwood family (Cornaceae), and by yet others given family status of its own, as Davidiaceae. It is native to South Central and Southwest China from Hubei to southern Gansu, south to Guizhou, Sichuan and Yunnan.

Davidia involucrata seeds

  • It is a moderately fast-growing tree, growing to 20–25 m (66–82 ft) in height, with alternate cordate leaves resembling those of a linden in appearance, except that they are symmetrical, and lacking the lop-sided base typical of linden leaves; the leaves are mostly 10–20 cm long and 7–15 cm wide and are ovate to heart-shaped.

    Davidia involucrata seeds contain 20% oil, timber hard and heavy, with potential for industrial use.