Compact, rounded and dense with stiff spreading branches. Deciduous.
Best in well-drained, evenly moist and acid soil. Full sun to part shade.
Wonderfully fragrant shrub. Fall color (not reliable).
Opposite, dark green dentate leaf with a sheen. Pubescent on both upper and lower leaf surface.
Buds are interesting whitish flower bud.
Light brown to gray. Younger stems are pubescent.
White flowers in late April early May.
Red drupe changing to black in August/September. Not ornamental.
Seeds and cuttings.
'Aurora' - 6 to 8 feet high and wide; pink-red buds open to white fragrant flowers.
'Compactum' - Dwarf selection matures 3 to 4 feet high and wide.
'Variegata' - Slow-growing variegated form.