Central to western China
Upright, strongly multi-stemmed shrubs
Well-drained soils, tolerates heavy shade.
Massing or background plant
Opposite, simple, evergreen, ovate-oblong to ovate-lanceolate, 3 to 7 inches long
Vegetative buds are large, rusty colored, tomentose, foliose
Grey to brown
Yellowish-white, slightly fragrant, flowering in Mid-May 4 to 8 inches.
Drupe, oval, .33 inches long red changing to black
'Cree' - Compact, oval-rounded, lustrous dark green leaves.
'Green Trump' - Darker green, more compact form of leatherleaf from Netherlands.
'Roseum' - Pink flower buds that open yellowish white.