Plant Care dove-tree


About dove-tree

This tree grows 20 to 60 feet tall and is rare in cultivation. It is pyramidal in youth and matures as rounded and dense branching. Two large, white bracts surround the flower resembling a dove. It prefers moist, well-drained soil and water during drought.


Davidia involucrata

Also known as

dove-tree, handkerchief tree, pocket handkerchief tree and ghost tree

How to care for dove-tree


How often to water your dove-tree

Water needs for dove-tree
0.5 cups
every 9

dove-tree needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of dove-tree

Water 0.5 cups every

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A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

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Finding light for dove-tree in your home

Light needs and placement for plant dove-tree: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

dove-tree love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

dove-tree does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of dove-tree in your home 🏡.


How to fertilize dove-tree

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for dove-tree: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your dove-tree after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Difficulty Level

dove-tree is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Growth Pattern
Growing Outdoors

Care Summary for dove-tree



Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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