A vigorous large shrub or small tree grown for its handsome fruits. These are a brilliant red and are held in large clusters on long stalks, making a superb contribution to the autumn and early winter garden. The leaves are long and glossy and dark green. In winter old leaves turn red before they fall, though most remain since this is evergreen. A slow growing reliable shrub that is not that often seen, it can reach 5m (16ft) in height. It makes a superb background shrub, though it is substantial and casts a dense shadow.