C. officinalis is a vigorous spreading shrub with rough, flaking brown bark and ovate dark green leaves turning red-purple in autumn. Yellow flowers are produced in in loose umbels, 2cm across, in late winter before the leaves open. They are followed by edible bright-red fruits.
At a glance:
Plant in full or partial sun
Moist well drained soil
Will reach and eventual Height of 4-8m
Will reach and eventual Spread of 4-8m