A large, evergreen arching shrub found in woodland, scrub, hedgerows, rough grassland and amenity areas, and on roadsides, railway banks, walls and waste ground. It is sometimes planted but more frequently occurs as a bird-sown garden escape; abundant seed is produced and populations are often naturalised. Lowland.
C. salicifolius has been cultivated in Britain since 1908 and is very popular in gardens. It is probably under-recorded but may also be mistaken for other taxa, especially C. x watereri, its hybrid with C. frigidus. It was recorded in the wild in 1966 (Surrey), and is likely to be increasing.
Native of W. China.
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