Discover the hanky tree

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Known botanically as Davidia involucrata vilmoriniana, it was first discovered by a French missionary David in 1896, but was introduced by Ernest Wilson in 1904.

This is an old plant which was planted in the garden last century. Normally the tree will be slow to produce flowers when grown from seed they need 20 years before they flower!

The flowers are not actually true flowers but are modified leaves (like the Christmas pot plant Poinsettia) the flower part is the little ball in the centre.

The largest one is down in the Hospital which is down the Spring Ground turn left in the valley and go down the hill into the bottom enclosure. The large tree will come into view across the walled entrance. There is also a young tree along Trio Hill which was planted 1989.

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Himalayan blue poppies 

Learn more about the beautiful Himalayan blue poppies and then try to grow them yourself!