Much-branched, very dense rounded shrub.
A small shrub with thorny branches. Fall color occurs early in the season and it is one of the first plants to leaf out in the spring. The berries are bright red and persist through the winter. B. thurnbergii should be considered more often for is fruiting characteristics. Useful as a hedge, barrier, and in groupings. Many cultivars are available.
Alternate, simple, obvate to satulate-oblong, ,4 to 1.5 inch long bright green, orange, scarlet, redish purple fall color.:variable fall color:red-scarlet, variable fall color
Buds are small, sessile, scaled.
Yellow .33 to .5 inch. April-May 2 to 4 in cluster
bright red, .33 inch ellipsiodal berry, October through winter (excellent winter effect)
Many Purple leaf types and Green leaf type variations.