|A dwarf, female clone with tighter branching and foliage than the species. Dense, evergreen shrub with dark green leaves, may become leggy at its base. It's lustrous leaves are 1 to 2 inches long, turning plum-purple in winter. Females produce small black berries in fall. Good substitution for boxwood when soil is poorly drained.
This plant prefers moist, acidic soils, and in the wild it is common in swamps where it forms large clumps. Withstands heavy pruning. Performs best in full sun. Shade tolerant as well.