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An evergreen shrub ultimately 10 to 12 ft high, with bright green branchlets covered with outstanding down which persists two years. Leaves of a beautiful brownish red when quite young, becoming glossy green with age, ovate, rounded at the base, acutely pointed, widely and shallowly crenulate-serrulate to crenulate, 3⁄4 to 11⁄8 in. long, rather more than half as wide. Fruits usually solitary, about 1⁄4 in. wide, red.
Native of W. China and Upper Burma; introduced by Wilson about 1901 for Messrs Veitch (W.2344) and again during his Arnold Arboretum expedition (W.4458); plants from both sendings are or were in cultivation. It is a neat, cheerful-looking evergreen, allied to I. crenata, but the leaves are more leathery, not gland-dotted beneath, the branches more downy and the fruits red.