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Free-growing shrub, to 1.5m; young shoots lacking setae. Leaves 3-7 x 1.5-3.5cm, obovate, apex rounded, margin not ciliate, upper surface with midrib impressed; lower surface covered with dense but not overlapping brownish scales. Flowers 2-3, in a loose terminal inflorescence, not scented; calyx disc-like, ciliate; corolla white and pink, funnel-campanulate, c.65mm, outer surface pubescent, with scales restricted to the lobes; stamens 10; ovary scaly, tapering into the style that is scaly and pubescent below.
RHS Hardiness H1b.