A large evergreen shrub that is frequently planted in parks and gardens, especially for hedging. It is naturalised on walls, roadsides and stream banks. Reproduction is by seed. Lowland.
This species was introduced into cultivation in 1900 and was recorded in the wild in 1984 (W. Kent).
Native of China.
PLANTATT - Attributes of British and Irish plants. (.zip 1455KB) This dataset was compiled and published in 2004, and last updated in November 2008. Download includes an Excel spreadsheet of the attributes, and a PDF explaining the background and nomenclature. Note that the PDF version is the booklet as published, whereas the Excel spreadsheet incorporates subsequent corrections. A hardcopy can be purchased from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.