Davidia involucrata is an enigma of a tree. Ernest Wilson travelled half way around the world in 1904 to try to introduce it.  After months of arduous travel and only a sketch map to go by he discovered a newly built wooden house beside a freshly cut tree stump! How must he of felt when he realized it was the Davidia he was looking for that was now part of a house.


He did carry on hunting and duly introduced seed of Davidia involucrata. It is a “Stop you in your tracks” stunning tree when draped in its large white bracts.


Along with the rhododendron (and azalea) it is a vintage year for colour in the garden with spring now beginning at the start of summer?