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Shrub or small tree to 4 m. Branchlets pale yellowish brown or purple and glabrous. Leaves deciduous, alternate, 3–14 × 2–7 cm, ovate to obovate, papery, upper surface dark green and glabrous, lower surface pale green with small hairs along the veins and midrib, five to seven lateral veins on each side of the midrib, margins entire, apex acuminate; petiole 0.5–1.5 cm long and glabrous. Inflorescences subsessile and axillary, produced just below the newly expanding leaves, umbels clustered with up to 10 flowers, pedicels with short grey hairs. Fruit bright red. Flowering February to April, fruiting July to October (China). Forbes & Hemsley 1891. Distribution CHINA: Anhui, Fujian, Guangdong, Guangxi, Guizhou, Henan, Hubei, Hunan, Jiangsu, Jiangxi, Yunnan, Zhejiang. Habitat Mixed forest between 200 and 1500 m asl. USDA Hardiness Zone 6–7. Conservation status Not evaluated.
Lindera reflexa seems to be principally a small or medium-sized shrub, with several green-barked stems from the base. It has comparatively large, almost magnolia-like leaves that are slightly aromatic. The early flowers are followed by red fruits. Once again it is not common in cultivation, with only a scattered presence in collections in the eastern United States. A specimen at the JC Raulston Arboretum, received there in 2001, was 1.8 m tall in 2006 but showed no signs of flowering or fruiting when observed in May. In Europe it is represented in some Belgian collections (J. De Langhe, pers. comm. 2007), but although it is available from several nurseries in the United Kingdom no plants have been seen here.