A rare gem which I collected the seed of in the company of Dan Hinkley on our ascent up E'meishan Sichuan in 2000. Where this large multi-stemmed shrub to 4m tall grew in dense shade on a very steep forested mountainside. Bearing stiff large thick-textured 30cm long pale green serrated leaves and elongated terminal spikes of pale green 2cm long fruit, turning red in time. Best grown with protection from severe cold winds, in a moisture retentive drained soil. Hardy to -15C (to date). Cuttings raised clones of individual seedlings offered.