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A deciduous shrub 6 to 8 ft high, the quite young shoots sprinkled with tiny starry down, soon glabrous, the bark becoming brown, afterwards peeling. Leaves ovate to lanceolate, slender-pointed, rounded to wedge-shaped at the base, minutely but sharply toothed; 11⁄2 to 4 in. long, 1⁄2 to 11⁄4 in. wide; upper surface sprinkled with five- or six-rayed hairs, the lower surface greyish white with many-rayed hairs and with simple hairs near the midrib and chief veins; stalk 1⁄6 to 1⁄4 in. long. Inflorescence a panicle 11⁄2 to 21⁄2 in. long, opening in June. Flowers white, 3⁄4 in. wide, the petals narrowly oblong, rounded at the end, covered with stellate down outside; calyx bell-shaped at the base, 1⁄6 in. long, grey with stellate down, the five lobes triangular; stamens notched at the top where the anthers are attached; styles usually three.
Native of W. Hupeh, China; discovered by Henry, introduced in 1907. This is nearly akin to D. scabra, which differs in being much more thinly starry downy beneath the leaf and in having none of the simple hairs near the chief veins such as occur in this species. The inflorescence of D. schneiderana is not so cylindrical and the petals are also narrower and smaller.
D. chunii – This species is included by Zaikonnikova in D. ningpoensis.