|This is a compact, dense, bushy, deciduous, sometimes semi-evergreen shrub most often used for shrub borders and hedging. Leaves are small, dark black-green, oval to lance shaped. 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.