This compact, upright evergreen takes on the shape of a white oak whiskey barrel in youth and matures into an excellent screening and hedge plant. Reddish new growth matures to a lustrous dark green. A member of the witch hazel family, petite red flowers appear in the winter. It grows best in full sun to moderate shade with well-drained soil (on the acid side), but tolerates drought, heat and wet soil. It also displays exceptional resistance to disease and insects. This adaptable plant is a good alternative for boxwood, cherry laurel, holly and juniper in foundation plantings or anywhere you want low maintenance evergreen shrubs.