Native to China, it is best known for its flowers that resemble dangling handkerchiefs. It can grow up to 25 meters or 82 feet in height.
It is popularly grown as an ornamental tree in parks and gardens. Its flowers sometimes resemble doves resting on the branches. The seed germination can take up to eighteen months, but seedlings and saplings grow rapidly, almost as though to make up for lost time.
Common names include dove-tree, pocket handkerchief tree and ghost tree. It has gained the Royal Horticultural Society’s Award of Garden Merit.
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IMAGE SOURCE: 1st by Jill Catley & 2nd by Sivva Eysteins