|This evergreen is usually grown as a shrub, but can be grown as a small tree. It's habit is a vase-like open middle, loose foliage with branches angled up from the bottom 45 to 60 degrees. It grows 11/2 to 2 times wide as high. Dark green leaves are linear with spiny tips. Leaves turn to a reddish-green tint in winter. It is a fast grower which makes it an excellent candidate for a high quality hedge. Trim hedges from summer to early fall. Both male and female available.