|This form has white variegated leaves. Introduced from Mt. Chiisan, Korea.
A deciduous tree or shrub reaching 20 feet tall. Bark is light gray, with yellowish twigs with light fuzzy hairs. Foliage is dark green with a lighter underside, coated with yellowish hairs. Flowers are white and fragrant, saucer-shaped, nodding, 1-3 inches across, blooming in early summer. Ornamental fruits are small and pink, appearing in late summer, early fall. Can be kept pruned to 10 feet or less, so can be used in smaller gardens. Easily propagated by layering.
Native to Manchuria, Korea, southern Japan and southern China. Used in Japanese tea gardens, where the seated guests enjoy the flowers from below.