An elegant shrub with delicate foliage, often cultivated. Leaves, thick, evergreen, dark green above, pale, dotted beneath, lance - shape or oblong, pointed at apex, tapering at base, slightly toothed above the middle. Fertile flowers, white, single in the axils, on minute, hairy peduncles; sterile clustered, 3 to 6 in a cluster. Calyx and corolla, 6 or 7-lobed. Stamens, with white filaments and brown anthers. Berries, black, shining. June and July.