Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon:
- Evergreen shrub, multistemmed, compact, 6-12 ft (1.8-3.5 m) tall. Leaves opposite, simple, evergreen, 5-13 cm long, 4-7.5 cm wide, ovate to oval, base rounded or wedge-shaped, tip pointed, margin toothed on the upper 2/3 or hardly at all (see below), leathery, glossy green, 4-5 vein pairs, petiole 6-12 mm long. Flowers tubular, waxy, white with some pink, in tight clusters (panicles) 6-10 cm long and wide. Fruit somewhat spherical, red and maturing to black, not persistent.
- Sun to part shade. Little to moderate irrigation needed. Often used as a hedge or screen.
- Hardy to USDA Zone 8 Native to the Japanese island of Okinawa and other Ryukyu Islands, an island chain northeast of Taiwan.
- Note: The images presented here are from a plant grown in Oregon (1 & 2) and one at the Tucson Botanical Garden (3 & 4). Note the differences in the leaves; either this difference in leaf shape and margins represents part of the variation of this species or possibly a mislabeling at one of these locations. Comments would be appreciated.