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Discussion in 'Plants: Identification' started by rocky9, Sep 9, 2019.

  1. rocky9

    rocky9 Member

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    found this tree while walking in vancouver off commercial drive
    the fruit is very hard like a nut
    can you please id this tree for me
    thank you as always
     

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  2. wcutler

    wcutler Esteemed Contributor Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    Davidia involucrata, common names dove tree or handkerchief tree (query davidia flowers and you'll see why).
     
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  3. Shayla's Huber

    Shayla's Huber New Member

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    Where can someone find this tree for purchase in BC? Even better if there is anyone on Vancouver Island.
     
  4. Margot

    Margot Well-Known Member

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    This is not a good time of year to find anything at most garden centres because they reduce their outdoor stock over the winter. There are a number of garden centres and nurseries in the Comox/Courtenay area where you might find one in the spring when they are bringing in new plants for the season.

    It is my impression that Davidia involucrata has become quite popular over the past decade so you could very well find one locally. Otherwise, garden centres will often bring plants in specially for you if you ask.
     
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  5. Ron B

    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    Look for the 'SHN' cultivar, misnamed apparently by just about everyone not the originating Sonoma Horticultural Nursery as 'Sonoma'. Because clonal propagations of this selection flower young, even as small as 5 gallon pots. And the bracts become jumbo in size once the specimen is far enough along, about twice the size of typical plants. Which may take 10-20 years to flower from seed. And are likely to grow 50-60 ft. wide in time, when able to develop fully ('SHN' on the other hand may have a small habit).
     
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    Eric La Fountaine Contributor UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    I am guessing the 'SHN' cultivar is what I see in Douglas Park here in Vancouver. There is a wonderful, small, dense tree that has abundant large bracts and holds masses of the fruit into the winter. It's quite striking covered with little black balls. Much nicer for the landscape than the typical giant. And yes, one might well find it labelled 'Sonoma'.
     
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    Dinter Nursery in Duncan and Russell Nursery in Saanich, both on Vancouver Island, list this tree in their inventory.
     
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  8. rocky9

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    thank you for this ID
    have a great winter season!!!!!

    thank you!!!

    thank you!!!!
     
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