Dove Tree (Davidia involucrata ‘Sonoma’)

Dove Tree (Davidia involucrata 'Sonoma')

Dove Tree (Davidia involucrata 'Sonoma')

Dove Tree or Handkerchief tree is at its most spectacular in the late spring when the white bracts attending the seeds hang on the tree–like handkerchiefs. The tree will easily reach 35′. The problem with the Dove Tree is that until a few years ago, there were no cultivars available and the seedling took 20 years to flower. Now with Sonoma, we have a Dove Tree that will flower in the second year. zone 6

Size: Field grownPrice: $115.00
Size: 2 gallonPrice: $50.00

Chilean Firetree (Embothrium coccineum)

Chilean Firetree (Embothrium coccineum)

Chilean Firetree (Embothrium coccineum)

Chilean Fire Bush is demanding about its location, but if you qualify, this is a must. The soil should be lime-free, deep and well-drained. The orange scarlet flowers in May and June among blue green (almost-evergreen) leaves are a sight to see. In normal life will get 15′ but some giants do exist. zone 7

Size: 2 gallonPrice: $50.00

Birchbark Cherry (Prunus serrula)

Birchbark Cherry (Prunus serrula)

Birchbark Cherry (Prunus serrula)

If you look closely, you can see the bark which has peeled off the trunks of this tree; the peeled bark in whorls is translucent, but the trunk which is left is amazing–shining with colors of mahogony to green and smooth as silk. Although this is considered a flowering cherry, you don’t notice the flowers which are small and white. The tree may get to 25′. zone 6

Size: GraftPrice: $14.00