Stranvaesia davidiana

This evergreen shrub can be seen alongside the South Walk where it is dripping with globose fruits.
The genus Stranvaesia numbers some 5 Asian species of evergreen shrubs and small trees. Stranvaesia davidiana occurs in western China and can reach 12m in height. It has slender lanceolate leaves which can take on a reddish tint; white flowers in summer; and bright red fruits in autumn and winter. The genus is named in honour of the Hon. William Fox Strangways by John Lindley of the Horticultural Society of London. Introduced originally to our gardens from western Sichuan in 1869 by Pere David, it is he who is honoured by the specific epithet.
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