Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon:
- Broadleaf evergreen shrub, much branched, slow growing to about 5 ft (1.5 m) tall. Leaves alternate, simple, crowded at branch tips, about 7 cm × 2 cm, obovate or oblong, tips acute to obtuse, tapered at the base, leathery, deep glossy green above. Flowers small, pale to yellow-green, 3-8 mm long and 4 mm wide, 5-20 per cluster (raceme), sometimes fragrant, unattractive to pleasant odor. Fruit ovoid, bluish black, fleshy.
- Part sun to heavy shade.
- Hardy to USDA Zone 6 Native to western and southeastern Europe, including Briton, and North Africa. A semi-prostrate, compact form, D. laureola subsp. philippi, is also grown.
- An invasive species in some areas and is listed as a weed in the Pacific Northwest where it is a threat to certain native forest ecosystems.
- Oregon State Univ. campus: SW area of Sachett dorm, along west wall