|This is an upright, dense, bushy deciduous, sometimes semi-evergreen shrub most often used for shrub borders and hedging. Leaves are dark black-green, oval to lance shaped, 1 1/2 to 4 inches long, and have a gold spot in the center. 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.