|A tall tree, reaching 60 to 70 feet tall with rusty brown bark, yellowish twigs. Large leaves are green above, grayish below. Large 6 to 8 inch blooms are creamy white, with a pink tinge, reddish stamens. Flowers in early summer. Needs shelter from wind, and moist soil. Native to mountain woodlands in China, 2000 to 5500 feet in altitude. Widely cultivated in China, and closely related to M. hypoleuca. Bark has been harvested for medicinal use to treat coughs and colds, and it is a timber species.