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P cerasoides D. Don

Synonyms
P. puddum Roxb

This species, which belongs to the same group as P. campanulata, is represented in cultivation by var. rubea Ingram, which ranges from Kashmir along the Himalaya, through upper Burma to W. Yunnan. In the wild it makes a tall tree, bearing its rich carmine flowers well before the leaves in February or March. It was introduced to Britain by Kingdon Ward in 1931 (KW 9314) and flowered at Highdown in Sussex in 1938. Unfortunately in our climate the flowers are paler coloured than in the wild, and are borne with the unfolding leaves. Twigs reddish brown, glabrous. Leaves 2{1/2} to 4{1/2} in. long, oblong-elliptic acuminate or caudate, almost glabrous, bright green above, conspicuously veined, with simple, gland-tipped serrations. Flowers more or less bell-shaped, two to four in umbellate or shortly pedunculate clusters. Calyx-tube glabrous, bright crimson, its lobes ciliate and of the same colour. Bot. Mag., n.s., t. 12. See also: Kingdon Ward, Plant Hunters Paradise, pp. 149-50, and Journ. R.H.S. Vol. 71, pp. 321 and 74, p. 289.

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