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This is closely related to E. quinqueflorus and was at first considered by E. H. Wilson to be a variety of it. It is a native of Central and W. China and was introduced in 1900. A shrub or small tree up to 20 ft high, differing from quinqueflorus in being quite deciduous; young shoots glabrous; bud-scales minutely ciliate. Leaves narrowly oval or obovate, slender-pointed, tapered at the base; 11⁄2 to 3 in. long, about half as wide; quite glabrous. They differ from those of quinqueflorus in being very finely toothed and not so leathery. Flowers in clusters of up to six, each on a stalk 3⁄4 to 1 in. long, bell-shaped, 1⁄2 in. long, with small reflexed lobes. They differ from the flowers of quinqueflorus in being pure white.