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An evergreen shrub 10 to 12 ft high, with downy, viscid, varnished branchlets. Leaves very viscid, oblong, with a rounded end and tapering base; 2 to 4 in. long, 3⁄4 to 11⁄2 in. wide; finely toothed, bristly hairy on both surfaces, the upper one with a varnished appearance. Flowers white, densely crowded on slender, cylindrical racemes 4 to 9 in. long, 3⁄4 to 1 in. through; sometimes branched at the base.
Native of Chile; introduced early in the nineteenth century, but now uncommon. It is not hardy in any but our warmest districts, although in colder ones it may live and thrive for many years on a wall. From all the other white- flowered escallonias in cultivation this is readily distinguished by its long slender racemes. (E. revoluta is sometimes grown in gardens under the name, but is well distinguished by its thick grey down.)