|This graceful evergreen shrub is at home along the banks of creeks or massed in front of shrub borders. Often used to "loosen up" the tight feel hollies give to the landscape. Best planted in generous drifts, this shrub is a slow grower that reaches a height of 6 feet tall and 10 feet wide. A natural companion plant to rhododendrons, this woodland native thrives in acid soil and full to partial shade, but will tolerate sun if soil is not dry. The leaves are deep red-purple when new and age to deep green, then bronze. May flowers are fragrant, white and pitcher-shaped. There is no real reason to prune this plant unless it is to shape it up.