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A deciduous shrub or bushy tree 15 to 25 ft high, young shoots shining dark brown, not downy, but prominently warted. Leaves thin, ovate or oval, occasionally rotund, 1 to 31⁄2 in. long, 1⁄2 to 11⁄2 in. wide, taper-pointed or blunt at the apex, dark green above, pale and glaucous beneath, usually glabrous, pinnately-veined; stalk 1⁄4 to 3⁄4 in. long. Flowers small, greenish yellow, produced in March and April in small short-stalked umbels about 1⁄2 in. in diameter. Fruits dry, 3⁄4 in. in diameter, reddish brown, marked with numerous pale dots. Bot. Mag., n.s., t.791.
Native of Japan and Korea. This lindera is fairly hardy at Kew, but only flowers well on a wall. It forms its umbels usually in pairs or threes during the summer; in the leaf-axils they remain through autumn and winter as little round knobs, bursting in the first warm days of spring. The leaves die off yellow.
This species is figured in Bot. Mag., n.s., t.791. There are three old plants at Kew, received from the Yokohama Nurseries in 1906.