|This is an upright, dense, bushy deciduous, sometimes semi-evergreen shrub most often used for shrub borders and hedging. Leaves are yellow when new, turning dark green, oval to lance shaped, 1 1/2 to 4 inches long. This gives the plant a two-tone effect. 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 grows 15 to 18 feet in height.