Amongst all the colour there are some rare beauties to be found. The famous Davidia involucrata also known as the dove or handkerchief tree. The Davidia is a deciduous tree with vivid green leaves and the distinguishing bracts from which each flower is subtended. It is a native of central and western China and was first discovered by the Abbe David in 1869 but was not introduced to Europe until l897 when one seed was germinated. It flowered for the first time at Les Barres in l906.
Magnolia wilsonii is a deciduous shrub with white, pendulous flowers in May and June. A native of China it was introduced by Wilson in 1908 and is one of the most beautiful of his introductions