- Position: full sun or partial shade
- Soil: moderately fertile, well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: June
- Flower colour: milky white
- Other features: the seeds of the fruit may cause mild stomach upset if ingested.
- Hardiness: fully hardy
Clusters of milky white flowers in June, followed by bright red autumn berries which persist into winter. This dense, evergreen shrub makes a fantastic informal hedge for a sunny or partly shady site. It's ideal for the wildlife garden, since the flowers and fruit are a valuable food source for birds and bees.
- Garden care: In late spring or early summer after flowering lightly cut back any branches that spoil the symmetry of the plant and apply a generous 5-7cm (2-3in) mulch of well-rotted garden compost or manure around the base of the plant. In autumn trim back lightly any branches that obscure the display of fruit.
- CAUTION toxic if eaten/skin & eye irritant