|Evergreen small tree or large shrub with spiny, dark green, lustrous leaves and gray bark. Seedless red berries borne in profusion are attractive in winter. Excellent specimen tree or durable screen. Should be protected from sun in hot, dry areas. Prefers acid soil. Male plants do not have berries as do some females. If berries are important, be sure to select a named variety noted for its berry production. 'Silver Milkmaid' has a spreading habit when mature. Produces ovate, spiny, dark green leaves with silvery white central markings. Bears abundant scarlet fruits.