Forms a ground-covering thicket by means of underground rhizomes, which is particularly effective in dry shade. Short, modified stems called 'cladodes' look like leaves along arching stems. Small white blossoms are held in the middle of these cladodes. Ordinarily, this species has separate male and female plants. However, 'Wheeler's Variety' is self-fertile and produces an amazing crop of bright red berries!
Consider these as drought-loving ground covers under oaks, which resent summer water. Ruscus will also do well in irrigated garden conditions.
Mature size: 48 inches tall in 10 years
Minimum temperature: 0° F