|Slow-growing deciduous shrub with spreading, bushy growth 10 to 12 feet tall and 6 to 10 feet wide. Leaves are dark green, linear, fern-like, oddly scalloped. Green, unisexual flowers are borne in axillary clusters. In the fall, bears round, red fruit to 1/2 inch across which turn black with age. Foliage becomes red. Best adapted to cold, dry areas with poor soil.