Full sun-part shade; moderate water. Tolerates drought but looks better watered. Grows as a dense shrub to 6-10ft tall and wide or a multitrunked small tree 15-25ft tall and spreading almost as wide. Thick, leathery, glossy dark green leaves are 2-4in. long, edged with bristly, pointed teeth. Small white flowers in flattish clusters appear in summer; there are followed in fall to winter by pea-sized bright red berries.