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Description: A distinct collection which we identified from the highest altitudinal colony in northern Taiwan in the autumn of 1999, from much higher than our previous collection of 1993 (‘Rex’). Forming fabulously flamboyant small trees to 5m tall, with huge palmately lobed leaves to well over a meter wide, with gingery woolly indumentum on the under-sides of the leaves. Topped by long panicles of pale flowers in late summer developing over the autumn to fruit. Our tree has endured all of the frosts unprotected whilst attaining a height of 4m in our garden, without a single sucker. In fact it is proving difficult to propagate to date, both subsequent seed collections have failed, meanwhile root cutting have borne little result whilst killing several mother plants.
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Crûg Farm Plants, Griffith's Crossing, Caernarfon, Gwynedd, LL55 1TU.
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