Patio Tree: Davidia involucrata – Dove Tree

I am obsessing over the perfect tree to plant in the middle of what is now a weed infested gravel patio (and will this season be transformed in the a series of patios, paths, an organized herb garden and hopefully, eventually, an outdoor spa area.  The latest consideration in my quest is  Davidia involucrata.

But it is slow…..oh so slow growing and at 2-3′ now — I might someday be able to sit beneath it with my grandchildren.  I simply don’t think I can wait….so I am considering planting it elsewhere — like right in sight of my bedroom window perhaps….wouldn’t this be a wonderful view to wake to?

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Hi, I'm Rochelle and for 18 years I have worked as a landscape designer, author/writer, and design teacher. I've designed residential and hospitality (for hotels, restaurants, and spas) gardens across the USA and in the UK, Europe and the Middle East. After many years of teaching garden design topics in person, I launched the PITH + VIGOR Boot Camp series in early 2018. Through my blog, social media, and online courses (Garden Design Bootcamp and Planting Design Boot Camp) I aim to help homeowners learn how to confidently design and create home gardens that reflect their own personal and unique style.
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  1. Johanna on March 16, 2010 at 4:43 pm

    This tree looks insanely beautiful. I run the test garden at Sunset Magazine and take classes at City College in SF, and I eat up all of your posts. Thought it was finally time to tell you. Best, Johanna

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