Easily grown in average, medium moisture, well-drained soils in part shade. It prefers acidic soils but can adapt to other soil types. Plants do not perform well in a hot and humid environment.
Western and central China.
10 to 15 metres with a canopy of around 5 metres.
Add a top dressing of a multi-purpose fertiliser around the drip line of the plant in late spring. No routine pruning is required, just remove any dead, damaged or crossing branches in late autumn or winter when they are fully dormant.
This species was discovered in China in 1869 by Jean Pierre Armand David (1826-1900), Jesuit missionary. David was in China as a missionary and plant collector for 12 years (1862-1874). He undertook expeditions to southern Mongolia, Sichuan and south east Tibet. He was the first westerner to see a Panda in the wild and also was the first to see the magnificent Davidia involvucrata (handkerchief tree ). By the time David had left China to return to France he had collected 3500 specimens of which 11 genera and 250 species were new to science. In addition to Acer davidii and Davidia involvucrata, other plants named by him or after him include: Clematis armandii, Viburnum davidii, Buddleja* davidii and Photinia davidiana
* Buddleja is named after English cleric and botanist the Reverend Adam Buddle (1662-1715).
Generally via garden centres. May need to be ordered in from a wholesale supplier.