This is a versatile shrub native to many parts of northern Canada. Although the leaves are a uniform dark green, the purple/red fall colour and and red bark for winter colour make this a desirable hedge plant for low damp areas. It also has a wide spreading root system that makes it an excellent choice as a reclamation shrub to prevent bank erosion in streams and ditches.
As a native species it has adapted to animal browsing by moose and deer can regrow stems that have been eaten in a single summer. The shiny green leaves with clusters of creamy white flowers and white berries. It produces spectacular red leaves in the fall and red bark for winter colour.