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Introduced from China in 1904, this is a compact evergreen shrub, making a spreading mound of branching stems and large leathery leaves that gleam richly in sunlight. The dull white flowers are a rather restrained display but, on female plants, they are followed by egg-shaped fruits which are bright turquoise blue and last through into winter, when they stand out enchantingly among the lustrous green foliage. Combine several plants to make wide-spreading ground cover and to ensure plenty of berries on the female plants. Male and female forms can be bought separately. To propagate, take cuttings in summer. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).
Plant type: Evergreen shrub
Flower colour: White
Foliage colour: Dark green
Feature: Flowers, Fruit
Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade
Soil: Well-drained/light, Moist
Skill level: Experienced
Time to take cuttings: June to August
Flowering period: May to May
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