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.
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- 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 💚👌💚
- 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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