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A shrub or small tree up to 15 ft high; twigs minutely downy. Leaves of thin texture, 4 to 6 in. long; leaflets five or seven, stalked, unequal-sided, oval and obovate, 1 to 2 in. long, 1⁄2 to 1 in. wide, tapered at the base, with abrupt slender points, round-toothed except towards the base, quite glabrous. Main leaf-stalk minutely downy, with a narrow groove on the upper side; stalk of leaflets 1⁄8 to 1⁄4 in. long, minutely downy. Flowers (with petals) produced in terminal panicles. Fruits a little over 1 in. long, 1⁄5 in. wide.
Native of N. China; introduced in 1881 to the Arnold Arboretum, USA. The true plant is little known in Britain, although many ashes under the name have been introduced, which have turned out to be F. chinensis or other species. It belongs to the Ornus section, and is very distinct from the only other shrubby ashes in cultivation – the tiny leaved F. dimorpha and xanthoxyloides. Bunge’s ash is one of the few whose twigs and leaf-stalks are downy, whilst the leaf-blades are glabrous.
F. dippeliana Lingelsh., as once sold by Späth of Berlin, is only a form of F. bungeana, or very closely allied to it, the leaves perhaps broader (up to 11⁄2 in. wide) and shorter pointed.
There are two plants at Kew in the Ash Collection under this name, but neither is from wild-collected seed.