Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Handkerchief Tree - disaster!

Nooo, just got into nursery to find a mouse has eaten five out of seven handkerchief tree seedlings, taken a year to germinate!!

This is native to the woodlands of China, and has a small flowerhead surrounded by two large white bracets, one side much larger than the other, giving it its common name.

It's a hardy tree which grows well in fertile, moist but well drained soil.  It prefers sun or partial shade.

Also known as the Dove or Ghost tree.

For a great story on how this tree arrived in England there is an good piece on the Kew website, click here.

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