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An evergreen tree; twigs and leaves silky hairy at first, becoming glabrous. Leaves entire, elliptic-lanceolate, tapered at the apex, 3 to 4 in. long, reticulate, with six to eight pairs of impressed lateral veins. Flowers pale yellow, in small clusters, with exserted stamens. Fruits ellipsoid, about 1⁄2 in. long.
A native of the Himalaya from Kumaon eastward, and of Burma; introduced by A.D. Schilling from Nepal in 1976 and so far proving hardy at Wakehurst Place, Sussex, where one of three plants is 8 ft high and has already flowered.