An arresting, rare species for a sheltered garden, where it will become a spectacular medium to large tree. Huge foliage to 50cm in length emerges chestnut-felted and turns through a unique shade of violet flushed copper-green before becoming mid green. Flowers melon-scented and creamy-white in June, similar to M. officinalis. Not for very cold areas, but possessing a fair hardiness as it has grown in inland Wiltshire for decades, for example. Naturally restricted in the wild to N Burma (where I have had the pleasure of seeing it), SE Tibet and W Yunnan. Exceptional!