- Evergreen shrub, 6-12 ft (1.8-3.7 m), spreading, dense, arching, reddish stems. Leaves alternate, simple, leathery, fairly large, about 5.5 x 3.5 cm, dark green above and white-tomentose below. Flowers white, off-scented, in 6.5 cm wide clusters in spring. Dense fruiting, many clusters of red fruit, 4 mm diam., each containing two nutlets, hang below leaves in fall and winter.
- Sun to part shade, adaptable to heat, wind, smog, salt air, dryness, and poor soils.
- Hardy to USDA Zone 6 Native to Western China.
- lacteus: milky white, the flowers
- Oregon State Univ. campus: very large specimen near southwest corner of Milam.