Deciduous broad spreading shrub with spiny interlacing branches (2m x 1.5m) from China and Japan. Glossy dark green lanceolate leaves. Fragrant saucer shaped blossom flowers in winter on bare branches in shades of red; orange; white; apricot or pink depending on the variety. Useful for a clipped hedge; barrier or screen bringing colour into the garden in winter. Tolerates wind and periodic water logging. Drought tolerant.