|Introduced by Louisiana Nursery. Has larger flowers than the species. Openly branching shrub or tree with a rather coarse texture. Should be grown in a large garden. Bark is smooth and gray-brown, with yellowish twigs. The terminal buds have a covering of fine white hairs. Large leaves 4-18 inches long are medium green and smooth with a silvery, downy underside, should be protected from wind and direct sun. The huge, 8-10 inch cup-shaped flowers are white, with purple at the base and fragrant and bloom in early spring to early summer. Fruits are reddish orange and quite attractive. Protect the foliage from wind and harsh sunlight. Native to woodlands of Ohio and Kentucky, south to Georgia, Louisiana and Mississoppi. Grows in moist and shady areas.