This section is from the book "British Wild Flowers - In Their Natural Haunts Vol5-6", by A. R. Horwood. Also available from Amazon: A British Wild Flowers In Their Natural Haunts.
The habitat of this shrub is woods, thickets, especially in the south. The plant has the shrub habit. The plant is nearly an evergreen, with smooth slender branches, and bark. The leaves are shortly-stalked, oblong, lance-shaped, entire, acute, opposite. The flowers are in terminal panicles, dense and compound, white, The berries are round, purplish black or yellow. There are 4 ovules, 1-2 seeds. The plant is 4-15 ft. high, flowering- in June and July, and is a semi-evergreen shrub.