A single species of evergreen shrub native to a wide area from India to Japan.
A n architectural shrub for the large rock garden. Several dwarf cultivars are available but these tend to be less elegant than the species. Hardiness is a little suspect so a sunny, sheltered position is required, and a moist humusy acid soil is essential. Flowers and fruit are not always freely produced in the British climate. Propagation is by division in autumn or spring or seeds when ripe.