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A deciduous, small tree 10 or 20 ft high, of bushy, rather sparse habit; branches very pithy, downy when young. Leaves variable in size, and considerably larger on young plants than on adult ones; in the latter they are ovate or oval, 4 to 9 in. long, 2 to 5 in. wide, occasionally toothed, soft, with scattered down beneath, and flaccid; stalks downy, 1 to 4 in. long. The lower leaves are sometimes deeply two- or three-lobed towards the apex. Flowers fragrant, produced from July to September in long-stalked cymes from the axils of the uppermost leaves, the whole forming an erect inflorescence 6 to 9 in. across. Corolla white, 1 to 11⁄2 in. across, the base tubular, expanding at the mouth into five spreading, oblong, narrow lobes. Calyx reddish, 1⁄2 in. long, inflated, five-angled, and five-lobed. Fruit bright blue, ultimately black, about the size of a pea, surrounded by the persistent crimson calyx whose lobes have become fleshy and spreading. Bot. Mag., t. 6561.
Native of Japan and China, and a very handsome late summer-flowering tree. The leaves have a heavy unpleasant odour when crushed. It is quite hardy at Kew, and likes an open, loamy soil. The pithy branches are very apt to die back in winter. It is easily increased by root-cuttings, or by the young suckers which frequently spring from the roots.
C. fargesii Dode