A shrub 4 to 6 ft high, whose young branches are slightly scurfy at first, soon becoming dark reddish brown; the bark peeling. Leaves 2 to 5 in. long, 5⁄8 to 11⁄2 in. wide, ovate-oblong to oblong-lanceolate, tapered or rounded at the base, acute or acuminate, rough, with four- to ten-rayed stellate hairs above, dark dull green; grey beneath, and covered with minute stellate scurf, and furnished also with pale bristle-like simple hairs, especially along the midrib and veins. Flowers in corymbose panicles; each flower nearly 1 in. across, white; longer stamens with tapered wings, shorter ones toothed. Bot. Mag., t. 8083.
Native of W. and Central China; discovered and introduced by Wilson about 1901. It is a handsome shrub allied to D. discolor, but distinct in the hairiness of the lower surface of the leaves, suggesting D. mollis when young. It has been suggested that it may be a hybrid between this species and D. discolor.