Broadleaf, deciduous shrub, to about 6-8(15) ft high [1.8-2.4(4.5) m], with a bushy, erect, irregular habit. Young shoots are armed with single or triple spines, 1-3 cm long. Leaves opposite, simple, obovate, 2.5-6 cm long and 1-5 cm wide, rounded at the apex, tapering at the base, margin entire or minutely toothed; color is olive green but become reddish before leaf fall. Flowers are yellow, 0.5 cm wide, in 5-10 cm long clusters. The fruit is held in pendent clusters, each globose, 0.9 cm long, and developing into a translucent bright red, like red-currants.
Sun, average moisture
Hardy to USDA Zone 8 Native to China and Tibet. Introduced by George Forrest in 1913. Received the RHS Award of Merit in 1925.
Oregon State Univ. campus: small garden at the SE entrance to Ag. & Life Science
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