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Chinese Dove Tree Blossoms for First Time in Changsha

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A Chinese dove tree (Davidia Involucrata Baill) has recently blossomed for the first time at a plantation of the Central South University of Forestry and Technology, Changsha, after nearly 20 years of cultivation. (Photo/Zhou Yuegui, Liu Wenjian)

The Chinese dove trees, known as a “living fossil” in the plant world, were introduced from the Badagong Mountain in 2006. The newly-opened bracts were light green and slowly turned white as the raindrops fell on them. The white dove-like flowers evoke a sense of joy, peace, and romance. Therefore, Europeans called the tree “Chinese dove tree”.