This medium-sized evergreen shrub occurs as a garden escape in woodland, scrub and rough grassland, and on roadsides, railways, walls and pavements. It is frequently bird-sown, and can become well-naturalised. Lowland.
C. sternianus was introduced to cultivation in Britain in 1919, and is now popular in gardens. It is often mistaken for other species, particularly C. franchetii. It was recorded from the wild in 1981 (Middlesex and E. Kent) and may be increasing.
Native of S.W. China.
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