Forms a thicket of erect, red stems. Bare stems in winter are a glowing-scarlet. Will tolerate very wet growing conditions. Green leaves and cream bunches of summer flowers, blue fruits follow. Cut back old stems to the ground every few years to promote new growth. Orange and red autumn leaves. Deciduous tree that grows at a slow rate to reach 2m (H) x 1.5m (W) in 10 years.