Callicarpa mollis Sieb. & Zucc.

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Article from Bean's Trees and Shrubs Hardy in the British Isles

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'Callicarpa mollis' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.org/articles/callicarpa/callicarpa-mollis/). Accessed 2021-09-28.

Glossary

calyx
(pl. calyces) Outer whorl of the perianth. Composed of several sepals.
corolla
The inner whorl of the perianth. Composed of free or united petals often showy.
globose
globularSpherical or globe-shaped.
lanceolate
Lance-shaped; broadest in middle tapering to point.

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Credits

Article from Bean's Trees and Shrubs Hardy in the British Isles

Recommended citation
'Callicarpa mollis' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.org/articles/callicarpa/callicarpa-mollis/). Accessed 2021-09-28.

A deciduous shrub 8 ft or more high, of erect habit; young shoots herbaceous, very thickly covered with down which persists until the following year. Leaves oval-lanceolate, slenderly pointed, rounded or tapered at the base, toothed; 2 to 412 in. long, 58 to 134 in. wide; dull green and downy above, grey with thick, starry down beneath; stalk 14 to 38 in. long. Flowers produced in the leaf-axils of the current season’s growth in cymose clusters 12 to 1 in. wide on a main stalk 14 to 38 in. long; corolla 316 in. wide, four-lobed, light purplish rose; calyx 18 in. long with four awl-shaped lobes and, like the flower-stalk and the outside of the corolla, densely downy. Fruit globose, dullish violet-purple, 316 in. wide.

Native of Japan and the Korean Archipelago. It was found by Richard Oldham, the Kew collector, in the latter habitat in 1861-3 and seeds were possibly sent home by him at the same time, as it is known to have been in cultivation a few years later. It is well distinguished by the dense covering of nearly all its parts with starry down. In a sheltered spot at Kew it is 8 ft high, but it is not so hardy or so handsome a shrub as C. bodinieri.