Eleutherococcus leucorrhizus is a sparsely spined, deciduous shrub that is growing from a turn of the 20th Century Wilson collection. Native to SW China where it grows in mixed woodland.
The terminal inflorescence is a paniculate umbel; often several auxiliary umbels are present surrounding this. These open later, if at all, than the main terminal cluster exhibiting their protruding white anthers, through magnification the slight rigid lime green stigma.
In the Chinese plant collection there is a much darker leaved variety E.l. var. setchuensis, in fruit. The individual berries splay out architecturally on individual stalks and darken deep purple. These are long lasting through the months into winter.
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