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A quick-growing, robust evergreen up to 15 ft high; branchlets stout, downy. Leaves narrow-oblong, 21⁄2 to 4 in. long, 1 to 11⁄4 in. wide, tapering equally to both ends, the apex ending in a short, abrupt tip; upper surface becoming glabrous and glossy, lower one covered with a greyish down; stalk 1⁄2 in. long. Catkins more or less erect, greyish, terminal and axillary, 11⁄2 to 3 in. long, with the bracts in pairs at 1⁄3 in. apart, ovate-lanceolate, pointed, and very hairy.
A hybrid raised about 1862 at Antibes by Gustave Thuret, who crossed G. fadyeni with the pollen of G. elliptica. This shrub is interesting but of little ornament. At Kew it is 12 ft high, and as hardy as the pollen parent. Where the winters are not severe it forms a large, vigorous bush, but is disfigured by exceptionally severe frost. It blossoms in June.