|Small deciduous tree or shrub reaching 30 feet, with smooth gray bark. Twigs are brown, covered in fine hairs. Leaves are dark green, smooth and glossy. The white flowers are fragrant at night, with 9 tepals, pinkish stamens. Quite hardy in cultivation, flowers in April to May, fruits September to October. Native to shaded, wooded ravines at 2000-4600 feet elevation, in Fukien Province of China. Cylindrica probably refers to the shape of the fruit. Prefer rich, moist soil and partial shade.