• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial shade to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Reaches 15 to 25 ft. tall and 8 to 10 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Dramatic Foliage
    Blooms:
    Spring; followed by orange berries late summer into fall.
  • Detail
    Plant type:Shrub
    Deciduous/evergreen:Evergreen
    Growth habit:Narrow
    Average landscape size:Reaches 15 to 25 ft. tall and 8 to 10 ft. wide.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Spring; followed by orange berries late summer into fall.
    Flower color:White
    Flower attributesFragrant, Showy Flowers
    Companion PlantsHydrangea (Hydrangea); Sweet Box (Sarcococca); Spikenard (Aralia); Fuchsia (Fuchsia); Agapanthus (Agapanthus)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Best in cooler coastal gardens as it suffers in inland hot locations. Responds well to pruning and can be shaped as needed. Site in a sheltered location in cool sun or part shade.
    Light Needs:
    <strong>Partial Sun / Partial Shade</strong>: These two terms are often used interchangeably to mean 3-6 (or 4-6) hours of sunlight each day. However, there is a difference.
<strong>Partial shade</strong> typically means the plants will appreciate a more gentle exposure such as the weaker morning or early afternoon sun, with the emphasis on providing the minimum needed shade and sheltering from intense late afternoon sun. <strong>Partial sun</strong> typically means the plants <u>need</u> some direct sun, so the emphasis is on meeting the required minimum hours of sunlight, with filtered sunlight or shade the balance of the day.
Both are best with shelter from the harshest late afternoon sun. This shade could be provided by a structure, a wall, larger plants or  tree(s).
    Partial shade to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.

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