Full sun-part shade; moderate water. Grows to 30-60ft tall and 10-20ft wide with dense foliage crown, if kept untrimmed. Often clipped into formal shapes and hedges; also used as background or screen plant. Oblong, 1.5-3in. long leaves in rich glossy green, often bronze tinged; reddish bronze new growth. Small, creamy white summer flowers have conspicuous tufts of stamens that look like little brushes. Blossoms are followed by showy, edible, 3/4in. rosy purple fruit that is insipid raw but good in jellies.