Adaptable to most soil conditions but prefers nutrient rich, moist but not too dry alkaline soils. The Hankerchief tree is intolerant of wetness.


The Hankerchief tree should be positioned in full sun or partial shade only. It requires warmth and protection from wind.

Annual Growth Rate

The Hankerchief tree is slow growing, approximately 20cm per annum.


Plant the Hankerchief tree in nutrient rich, slightly acidic to alkaline soil types.

Root Structure

Shallow root system, wide spreading. The Hankerchief tree is very sensitive/intolerant of being compacted.


The Hankerchief tree requires sheltered sites in warm positions, protected from frosts and winds.

Annual Pruning

If any pruning is required, it should be carried out during the winter.


Small tree growing to 8 – 15 metres tall and spreading 6 – 8 metres.

The Hankerchief tree is an unusual tree, such named because it produces purple-brown flowers surrounded by hanging creamy-white bracts in May that resemble white tissues.

The leaves are fresh green and heart shaped, similar to those of the lime. They have no colour change in autumn, except for browning before falling.

The bark of the Hankerchief tree is smooth olive brown in colour.

Fruits appear on long stems and look like green walnuts.

Price & Availability


Spring - Summer

Mature Tree


60-65cm girth 6.5m tall

70-75cm girth 7m tall

80-85cm girth 8m tall

90-100cm girth 10m tall

100+cm girth

Semi-Mature Tree


18-20cm girth 4m tall

25-30cm girth 4.5m tall

35-40cm girth 5m tall

45-50cm girth 5m tall

55-60cm girth 5.5m tall

Young Tree


10-12cm girth 2m tall

14-16cm girth 2.2m tall

16-18cm girth 2.5m tall

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