|This is an upright, dense, bushy, deciduous, sometimes semi-evergreen shrub most often used for shrub borders and hedging. The small, oval to lance-shaped leaves have undulating edges, twisted tips, and are dark black-green. Creamy white, fragrant flowers are held in pyramidal panicles, 5 to 8 inches long, followed by small, round, dull black fruit. Clip hedges twice in summer. It is a fast grower.