"Did the people remember Dr. [Augustine] Henry? Did they know the K'ung-tung (local name of Davidia)? To these and similar questions they pleasantly answered in the affirmative. Would someone guide me to the tree? Certainly!" Recalling E. H. Wilson's search for the dove tree in China in 1899.
Have you read this?
The Field Guide to Winter Twigs:
a guide to native and planted deciduous trees, shrubs and woody climbers (xylophytes) found in the British Isles
by John Poland
John Poland, Chair of The Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland’s Publications Committee and co-author of the celebrated Vegetative Key to the British Flora, says “This guide hopes to make winter botany fun! The book is a fully illustrated softback with detailed keys, stunning full color photographs and diagnostic line illustrations, making winter ID easy for native and planted taxa.”
The Field Guide to Winter Twigs is available in our Reading Room [call number Q 42 P75].