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A deciduous shrub up to 10 ft high, of spreading habit; young shoots covered with tawny down. Leaves oval to ovate-oblong, pointed, broadly wedge-shaped at the base; 1 to 13⁄4 in. long; dull green and furnished with tawny-down beneath; veins in four or five pairs; stalk 1⁄8 in. or less long. Flowers white tinged with pink, three to seven together in cymes on short side branches; calyx-lobes triangular, very downy. Fruit pear-shaped, 1⁄4 to 1⁄2 in. long, dark red; nutlets usually three. Flowers in June.
Native of W. Szechwan, China; introduced by Wilson in 1910. It comes nearest perhaps to C. acuminatus, but that species is less downy beneath the leaves, and its brighter-coloured fruits have only two nutlets.