|Evergreen small tree or large shrub with spiny, dark green, lustrous leaves and gray bark. Seedless red berries borne in profusion are attractive in winter. Excellent specimen tree or durable screen. Should be protected from sun in hot, dry areas. Prefers acid soil. Male plants do not have berries as do some females. If berries are important, be sure to select a named variety noted for its berry production. The leaves of this cultivar are smaller than the species. The leaves have erect, stiff, silvery spines on the surface.