A large deciduous shrub with long, arching branches. It is planted in woodland and amenity areas, and also occurs as a garden escape in woodland, hedges and on banks. Reproduction is by seed. Lowland.
B. alternifolia was introduced into cultivation in Britain in about 1915, and was recorded in the wild in 1979 (N. Somerset). It is not naturalised as prolifically as B. davidii.
Native of China.
PLANTATT - Attributes of British and Irish plants. (.zip 1455KB) This dataset was compiled and published in 2004, and last updated in November 2008. Download includes an Excel spreadsheet of the attributes, and a PDF explaining the background and nomenclature. Note that the PDF version is the booklet as published, whereas the Excel spreadsheet incorporates subsequent corrections. A hardcopy can be purchased from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.