|An evergreen tree or large shrub reaching 20 to 50 feet. Bark is grayish brown and the branchlets are smooth. Leaves are bright green, glossy and leathery, with bronzy red new growth. Flowers are creamy white to yellow, 2 to 3 inches across and sweetly fragrant, appearing in March or April.
Native to forests at 5900 to 12,000 feet elevation in Yunnan Province, China and parts of Tibet. Introduced into cultivation in England from seed. Cultivated plants are generally smaller than in the wild. Can grow in mild climate areas, prefers moist climate, sun or shade. Can be grown easily from seed. Flowers at 15 years of age. Prefers rich, moist soil and partial shade.