A deciduous shrub with slender branches; young shoots, undersurface of leaves, leaf-stalks and flower-stalks clothed with starry down. Leaves oval or ovate, often blunt or rounded at the end, toothed; 1 to 23⁄4 in. long, 3⁄4 to 11⁄2 in. wide, veins in five or six pairs; stalks 1⁄6 to 1⁄3 in. long. Flowers dullish white, 1⁄4 in. wide, borne in May and June on a five-branched cyme, 11⁄2 to 31⁄2 in. across. Fruits egg-shaped, 1⁄3 to 1⁄2 in. long, turning red, finally black. Ovary glabrous.
Native of northwest and central China; introduced about 1910. It belongs to the same group in the genus as the well-known V. lantana, in which it is distinguished by its comparatively small leaves, whose veins do not run out fully to the margins, but subdivide and die out before reaching them. Its nearest ally is V. burejaeticum, which is distinguished by its downy ovary and more generally pointed leaves. It does not appear to have any great garden value.