Overview flowers of Chinese dove tree in Hunan province
The white Chinese dove tree flower looks like a dove flying, and thus symbolizes peace.
The Chinese dove tree, officially called davidia involucrata, a tertiary relic species endemic to China, is reputed to be a 'living fossil' in the plant kingdom, and just survives in some southern regions of China.
Adaptability: Flowers of Chinese dove tree bloom in April and its fruit maturates in October. It grows in the wet evergreen and deciduous broad leavedmingled forest.
Distribution: This unique Chinese dove tree is mainly distributed in western Hubei, western Hunan, Sichuan, northern Guizhou and Yunnan. In Hunan province, it’s mainly distributed in Sangzhi county, Cili county, Wulingyuan, Tianmen Mountain, Yongshun county, and Shimen county.
Where to watch flowers of Chinese dove tree in Hunan:
Badagong Mountain in Sangzhi county: The most Chinese dove trees (more than 10,000) are distributed in Badagong Mountain, covering an area of 4.5 hectare.
King of Chinese Dove Tree, the world’s largest and oldest one growing in Badagong Mountain, has the height of 30 meters, trunk diameter of 1.2 meters and an age of over 390 years.
Staff at Badagong Mountain Administration treats insect attack for the old King of Chinese Dove Tree.
Huping Mountain in Shimen county: Huping Mountain provides a well-conditioned refuge for animals and plants in the Tertiary period. In Huping Mountain area, there distribute thousands of Chinese dove trees.
Tianmen Mountain in Zhangjiajie: At the altitude of over 1,500 meters in Tianmen Mountain, there grow more than 100 Chinese dove trees.
Hunan Forest Botanical Garden in Changsha: In Changsha, the Chinese dove tree is only planted in Hunan Forest Botanical Garden. The garden successively introduces Chinese dove tree species from Badagong Mountain, Huping Mountain, etc., and concludes reasons why the Chinese dove tree cannot or is fragile to bloom and seed in low-altitude areas. Finally, the garden researchers successfully develop the grafting and artificial flower promoting for Chinese dove trees in Changsha.