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var. sinica Rehd. & Wils

This variety, which represents the species in Central and Western China, was discovered by Henry and introduced by Wilson about 1901. It is a slender deciduous tree 18 to 25 ft high, with downy young shoots. Leaves oval to oblong, sometimes rather obovate, pointed, usually tapered but sometimes rounded at the base, finely and sharply toothed, 1{1/2} to 3{1/2} in. long, {1/2} to 1{1/2} in. wide, bright green and soon glabrous above, paler beneath and downy especially on the midrib and veins, becoming glabrous by late summer; stalk {1/12} to {1/5} in. long, downy. Flowers produced in May on racemose corymbs 1 to 2 in. wide with downy stalks. Each flower is about {1/3} in. wide, with white rounded petals, a woolly bell-shaped calyx with triangular teeth and twenty stamens. Fruits egg-shaped, {1/2} in. long, orange-scarlet; the fruit stalks conspicuously warted.This variety, which replaces typical P. villosa in W. China, is distinct in its mostly elliptic leaves and in its larger fruits, borne in racemes rather than corymbs. It, too, colours well in the autumn.

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