- Evergreen shrub, 6-10 ft (1.8-3 m), generally loose and open, many cultivars, variable habit. Stems pubescent. Leaves alternate, simple, 2.5-7.5 cm long, obovoate to narrowly oval, lustrous dark green, hairy on the midrib above and below, rounded teeth on the margin, petiole pubescent. Similar to the more common C. japonica, but smaller. Buds half the size of C. japonica. Flowers, 5-7.5 cm diam, open in fall or early winter, with wide cultivar variation in doubleness and color, from white to deep red, elusive fragrance.
- Part shade or sun. Prefers moist, well-drained, acidic soils high in organic matter.
- Hardy to USDA Zone 7 Native to China and Japan.
- Corvallis: small plants on the east side of Methodist Church at 11th and Monroe.
- Oregon State Univ. campus: north side of West Greenhouses along Orchard Ave (2011).