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A deciduous shrub 6 to 10 ft high, of graceful habit, or even a small tree 12 ft and upwards high; young shoots slender, at first downy, becoming glabrous and (the second year) purplish. Leaves on the barren shoots almost round with a bristle-like tip; 1 to 11⁄2 in. long, scarcely so wide; glabrous above, loosely downy and rather glaucous beneath; stalk up to 1⁄4 in. long. The leaves of the flower-bearing twigs are smaller and more oval. Flowers white with violet anthers, borne in May at the end of short leafy twigs in clusters of three to over a dozen. Fruit oval, 1⁄3 in. long, very dark red, usually containing one nutlet. Bot. Mag., t. 9389.
Native of the region from Yunnan to the E. Himalaya; discovered by Forrest in Yunnan in 1904 and introduced some six years later. It is a free-growing shrub suitable for woodland.
C. hebephyllus var. majusculus W. W. Sm
C. incanus (W. W. Sm.) Klotz