Category: Shrub - Evergreen
Zones: 7 to 10 hardy to 0F
Size: 6 to 10' tall, 4 to 6' wide
Growth Rate: Slow
Upright rounded dense shrub. Grown for its foliage. Prefers moist, well-drained soil but drought tolerant once established. Young leaves go black if exposed to sun. Male and female plants - need both to get fruit set. Berries are often hidden by the foliage.
Leaves are 3 to 8" long and up to 3" wide, opposite an lustrous. Stems are rounded and green.
Numerous - and often mixed up according to Dirr.
'Crotonifolia' - 4 to 6' tall and wide with bright yellow splashes on green leaves.
'Nana' - 2.5 to 4' tall and wide, erect with more visible fruit than others.
Native to China, Japan and Taiwan. First publlished in Nov. Gen. Pl. 3: 61 in 1783.