|'Conoy' is a spreading, dense branched, evergreen shrub with glossy dark green, 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 inches long leaves that turn a dark maroon tinge in the winter. The surface under the leaves are pale blue-green and covered with hairs in small star-like tufts.
In April, the dark red buds bloom to a creamy white, slightly fragrant and occur in 2 to 2 1/2 inch diameter cymes, 70 to 75 florets per inflorescence. This cultivar has been resistant to bacterial leaf spot and has withstood -9 F without injury.
The species is generally not ornamental enough to be included in most gardens, several popular cultivars have been developed, retaining the heat tolerance of this shrub. Native to China.