|This is a deciduous shrub with spreading, bushy growth to 15 feet tall and wide. Leaves are dark green, shiny, oval to obovate, to 3 inches in length. Green, unisexual flowers are borne in axillary clusters. In the fall, bears round, red fruit to 1/4 of an inch across, foliage becomes red. Best adapted to cold, dry areas with poor soil. Native to Europe, North Africa, Russia.