A deciduous tree to about 80 ft high, with a smooth, light grey bark; twigs densely yellow-tomentose at first, slowly becoming glabrous. Leaves of firm texture, broad-ovate or ovate-elliptic, acuminate at the apex, oblique and rounded to cuneate at the base, 3 to 5[1/2] in. long, softly downy beneath, short-stalked. Fruits orange, about [1/2] in. wide.
A native of central China; described from a specimen collected by Wilson in western Hupeh, where according to him it is fairly common in open country and on the margins of woods between 2,000 and 4,300 feet altitude. ‘In winter and early spring the large red-brown flower-buds which densely stud the branchlets make the tree quite conspicuous. In autumn the large, globose, orange-coloured fruits are very attractive’ (Wilson).
Wilson introduced it to the Arnold Arboretum in 1907, but apparently it never reached this country, nor has it made its mark in the USA. Young plants are now in cultivation here (1985).