Davidia involucrata, the handkerchief or ghost tree, is a most ornamental hardy Chinese tree ultimately of medium size with a broad, spreading habit. The large handsomeare reminiscent of those of the lime (tilia). The tree receives its popular names by reason of the two large and conspicuous white bracts which surround each small flower cluster appearing in late spring and early summer. This imposing tree, which is happy on all soils of reasonable depth, is ideal as a lawn specimen particularly in the larger garden. Flowering usually commences about ten years after planting and is well worth waiting for. The variety vilmoriniana is of equal garden merit and differs only in minor botanical details.