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A shrub or small tree, the branchlets at first furnished with stellate down. Leaves ovate or obovate; 3 to 5 in. long, 11⁄4 to 3 in. wide; abruptly contracted at the apex to a long narrow point, the base heart-shaped, the margin edged with bristle-like teeth; glaucous beneath, and glabrous on both sides when mature; stalk 3⁄4 to 11⁄4 in. long. Flower-spike 2 to 3 in. long, the basal or stipular bracts roundish ovate, 3⁄4 in. long, silky-hairy on both sides; flower bracts similar except for being smaller. Petals 1⁄4 in. long, narrowly obovate, primrose-yellow. Fruits not downy.
Discovered in Central China and introduced to the Coombe Wood nursery in 1900. It differs from all other cultivated corylopsis in having the lower bracts hairy outside. In many other respects it resembles C. veitchiana.