Davidia involucrata, also known as the handkerchief tree, was once considered to be the holy grail of exotic flora. In 1899 Kew-trained botanist Ernest Wilson was sent to the remote Yunnan region of China to find the tree  armed with only a hand-drawn map and some written instructions. After surviving a deadly illness and nearly drowning when his boat overturned, he finally found a specimen and was able to send seeds back to England in 1901. It has been grown at Kew ever since. You can find this particular specimen in the Woodland Garden. 
#handkerchieftree #trees #china #kewgardens #london #springatkew
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  • kewgardensDavidia involucrata, also known as the handkerchief tree, was once considered to be the holy grail of exotic flora. In 1899 Kew-trained botanist Ernest Wilson was sent to the remote Yunnan region of China to find the tree armed with only a hand-drawn map and some written instructions. After surviving a deadly illness and nearly drowning when his boat overturned, he finally found a specimen and was able to send seeds back to England in 1901. It has been grown at Kew ever since. You can find this particular specimen in the Woodland Garden.
    #handkerchieftree #trees #china #kewgardens #london #springatkew

  • kentishmaidOne of my favourite trees - we have some wonderful mature specimens @nymansnt
  • ellbee65I believe the very original one was cut down by villagers for firewood. Another was found later.
  • annsofie_c.mLove this tree. 💚💚💚💚💚👌🏻
  • birgittag3Thanks for the story 💚👌💚
  • olgasanina😍
  • mikaelsoderholmSupernice👌👍
  • earlygirlsgarden😮 what a great story, and great tree 😍
  • hortusamsterdamWow! Already flowering. We probably have to wait a few more weeks! 💚💚
  • mjackiegeeThere is a tree like this in my local arboretum & I have always wondered what it is. Now I know 👍🏼🌳#
  • minstralmiloIts lovely
  • pottery.butwithwoolKnow it well 😍
  • delmars23We saw this tree on Monday
  • _baileyy1632Ah saw my first one last summer, stopped me in my tracks! ❤️
  • jol.72Saw one in the arboretum in Leicester and fell in love i didn't know the history so thanks @kewgardens
  • ramon_martin_abadLove the trip of the seeds. I saw another at @ntstourhead falling down the handkerchiefs around 20th of may.
  • dropsomesparkleWhat's the address for these gardens? Want to go tomorrow! Thanks 💕🌸💐
  • kewgardens@dropsomesparkle Hi, we're in Kew in West London. You can plan your visit at https://goo.gl/vNCkF2
  • kewgardens@porkyparky hi, you can find info about propagation and growing conditions here: https://goo.gl/qYbTFl
  • hulyaertenespadaOut of this world!!!!!
  • mole_green_nzOooh, my faves!
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