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Trees 3-17 m tall. Bark dark gray or yellowish gray, smooth; branches ± horizontal; branches of current year purplish, later greenish, glabrous or pubescent; older branches greenish, with conspicuous semicircular leaf scars and rounded lenticels; winter buds purplish, ovoid or conical, 3-8 mm, glabrous, with several alternate overlapping scales. Leaf blade broadly ovate or broadly elliptic-ovate, 5-13 cm long, 3-9 cm wide, abaxially light or grayish green, sparsely pubescent with appressed trichomes, papillate, veins 6 or 7, abaxially raised and slightly purplish, base subrounded, apex acute or acuminate. Corymbose cymes terminal, 5-14 cm in diameter, pubescent with appressed trichomes. Flowers 8-9 mm in diameter; buds nearly orbicular, shortly pedicellate. Calyx teeth ca. 0.5 mm, taller than disk. Petals oblong-lanceolate, 3-4.5 mm long, 1-1.6 mm wide. Stamens longer than petals; filaments whitish, 4-5 mm. Style 2-3 mm, glabrous. Fruit purplish red or bluish black, globose, 6-7 mm in diameter; stones globose, 5-6 mm in diameer, inconspicuously 8-ribbed.

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Source: Plants of Tibet

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