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Tree to 15 m. Branchlets dark brown with golden pubescence. Leaves deciduous, alternate, 5–7 × 2.5–3 cm, ovate, upper surface green and glabrous, lower surface glaucous with sparse golden hairs and a dense fringe along the veins and midrib, triplinerved, margins entire, apex caudate; petiole 0.5–0.7 cm long and pubescent. Inflorescences axillary umbels with two to five flowers. Flower and fruit characters not recorded. Allen 1941. Distribution CHINA: Gansu, Guangdong, Guizhou, Hubei, Hunan, Shaanxi, Sichuan. Habitat Forest. USDA Hardiness Zone 9. Conservation status Not evaluated.
Lindera floribunda is very poorly known, both to botany and to horticulture, but would seem to be worth the attention of gardeners. A specimen seen at Quarryhill in 2004 (grown from WD 137, collected in Hubei in 1994) was 1.8 m tall and still in a rather shrubby state. The foliage is attractive, with a combination of glaucous underside and golden hairs, at least when young. The three principal veins are paler than the leaf surface and thus rather conspicuous. The promise of abundant flowers offered by its specific name has yet to be tested. Another specimen from the same collection is growing at the US National Arboretum.