|This evergreen is usually grown as a shrub, but can be grown as a small tree. It's habit is a broadly (twice as wide as high)spreading form whose branches are at a 30 degree angle from the ground and forming a top that is flat and having a full center. 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.