Miniature to large shrubs, depending upon species, hybrid, or cultivar; all modern hybrids are miniature to small shrubs. Small versions slowly grow to 2′ tall by 2′ wide, whereas larger versions mature after many years at 15′ tall by 15′ wide. Upright oval to upright rounded growth habit with slow or very slow growth rate. Likes full sun to full shade. It performs best in moist, well-drained, rich soils with a cool root zone in partial shade. This plant responds very well to periodic shearing for very formal situations.