Chinese Buttonbush
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Chinese Buttonbush
D Introduced Photo: Vaishali Pingle
Common name: Chinese Buttonbush
Botanical name: Adina rubella    Family: Rubiaceae (Coffee family)
Synonyms: Adina fauriei, Nauclea rubella

Chinese Buttonbush is a 6- to 8-foot-tall, deciduous shrub that is grown for its glossy leaves and spiky, round, creamy-white flowers that resemble Kadamb flowers. Flowers have a mild fragrance. The flowers are followed by small brown fruit clusters several weeks later. Leaves are nearly stalkless to shortly stalked; blade drying papery, lanceshaped, ovate-lanceshaped, lanceshaped-elliptic, or ovate-oblong, 2.5-4 × 0.8-1.2 cm, above finely velvet-hairy to hairless, below becoming hairless to finely velvet-hairy or sparsely pilosulous at least along veins, base blunt to rounded. Chinese Buttonbush is native to China North-Central; China Southeast; Korea.

Identification credit: Jatin Vaity Photographed in Dattaji salvi garden, Kopri Thane, Maharashtra.

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