A small, usually unarmed tree probably 15 to 20 ft high; young shoots greyish at first with loose down, afterwards red-brown and roughish with minute warts. Leaves diamond-shaped, obovate or oval; wedge-shaped and entire at the base, the upper part pointed and doubly glandular-toothed; 11⁄2 to 4 in. long, 3⁄4 to 2 in. wide; usually much larger on the barren shoots and with large glandular-toothed stipules 3⁄4 in. across; at first slightly downy, afterwards glabrous and dark green above; grey, dull, and persistently downy on the chief veins beneath; stalk about 1⁄3 in. long. Flowers white, 3⁄4 in. across, produced in June in corymbs 2 to 21⁄2 in. across; flower-stalks and calyx woolly, calyx-lobes slightly toothed or entire; stamens fifteen to twenty; styles two or three. Fruit yellowish, dotted, 3⁄4 in. long, globose, persisting on the tree a long time. Bot. Mag., t. 8589.
Native of elevated regions in Mexico; introduced by A. B. Lambert in 1824, and interesting as one of the few trees from that country that are hardy with us. It retains its leaves usually until the New Year. Sometimes known in gardens as C. mexicana DC.