|Evergreen to semi-evergreen shrub. Growth is dense, compact, 4 to 8 feet tall and wide. Leaves are medium green, shiny, oblong, to 3 inches in length. Yellowish-white, unisexual flowers are borne in axillary clusters. In the fall, bears round, red fruit to 1/4 inch across. Foliage becomes yellow. Best adapted to cold, dry areas with poor soil.