Leaves are opposite, estipulate, eliptic to ovate-oblong, glabrous, thick but rather soft, acute to acuminate,with an obtuse apex, rotundate to subacute at the base, deep green and lustrous above.
Petioles are 1-5 cm long, shallowly canaliculate above.
Flowers in March to May.
Fruits ripening scarlet in winter.
This shrub is one of the representative undergrowth on the fertile soil in the warm-temperate forest of Japan.
It has been planted in the gardens all over the world.
Distribution ; Honshu (Miyagi to south), Shikoku, Kyushu, Ryukyu, Korea south
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