|Not as cold hardy as some varieties, 'San Gabriel' has other virtues. New growth is tinged mahogany-red, summer leaves turn pale aqua, and winter brings back the red-tones. 'San Gabriel' has small, finely-formed leaves, and reaches no more than two feet at maturity. This is an upright shrub with evergreen leaves that are pinate to 3-pinate, with lance-shaped leaflets. Bears conical panicles to 16 inches long, of small star-shaped, white flowers with large, yellow anthers. Red berry-like clusters are persistant through winter and can be used in arrangements or eaten by birds.
Found along the foundation of older homes, you may inherit a plant that needs some selective pruning. Do not whack the entire plant back so that all canes are the same height. Selectively prune, staggering the heights of each cane.