Of hybrid origin. Parents are Asian in origin.
Upright oval, dense shrub.
Sun to shade, preferring moist, well-drained soil but will tolerate most all conditions except excessively wet soils. Must be protected in zone 7.
Most commonly used as a a screen in the South where it is pruned heavily. Can make a respectable shrub for use in groups if left alone.
Alternate, ovate 2.5 to 3.5 inches long. Margins serrate and the apex is acute. New foliage emerges screaming red, giving it its common name of red tip.
Terminal buds (flowers) .5 to 1 inch long, imbricately scaled, green - red in color.
Greenish brown, emitting a cherry-like odor when crushed.
White, five petals in clusters.
Berry matures red in the fall, about .25 inches in diameter.