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A large deciduous shrub 12 to 15 ft high in cultivation, said to be sometimes a small tree where wild; young shoots purplish, very downy. Leaves oval, sometimes inclined to obovate and orbicular, rounded or tapered at the base, mostly short-pointed, but sometimes rounded at the apex, 1 to 21⁄2 in. long, 5⁄8 to 1 1⁄2 in. wide, dull green and at first downy above, greyish and more downy beneath. Flowers creamy white changing to yellow, arranged in pairs, produced on a stalk 1⁄12 in. long from the leaf-axils in June. Corolla two lipped, 3⁄4 in. across; the upper lip round-toothed; tube 1⁄4 in. long, bellied; stamens about as long as the upper lip, downy at the base. Berries translucent white, round to oval.
Native of the Himalaya and China; long cultivated at Kew. It is a robust and, when in flower, rather handsome shrub, flowering more freely than the majority of bush honeysuckles do with us. It is very distinct on account of its white transparent fruits, which distinguish it from L. deflexicalyx, maackii, xylosteum, and other of its immediate allies.
L. translucens Carr