Forms a dense, erect-growing, multi-branched shrub. The large, glossy, chocolate-coloured leaves are silver underneath. Becomes smothered in star-shaped, bright-yellow flowers during spring. Red berries in winter which birds adore. Excellent for formal hedging in dry and windy positions. Evergreen tree that grows at a fast rate to reach 2m (H) x 1m (W) in 10 years.