Deer resistant and tolerates urban conditions. First leaves are purple, but new shoots emerge as a rose-pink mottled with bronzish to purplish red splotches. Many branched, reddish-brown stems have sharp thorns.
Tiny, yellowish flowers appear in late April to early May. Bead-like, bright red berries form in fall and often last through the winter.
* Rarely Damaged by Deer *
Photos Courtesy of Toms Creek Nursery in Denton, North Carolina and Our Growing Friends at Casey Nursery in Goldsboro, NC