Peremne shrub of European origin with very branched stem and dense green masses that lend themselves to pruning to form hedges and topiaries. Its bark is smooth in youth and then cracks and takes on a grayish-brown color. The leaves are oval, opposite, coriaceous, dark green on the beam and lighter on the underside. It prefers half shade and well-drained soils and withstands frost, wind and drought. Slow growing and easy formation as bonsai. The most common style is the informal vertical (Moyogi), although it suits many others.