Native to Japan and southeast Asia. Handsome foliage shrub related to camellia. It is quite similar in character to Ternstroemia gymnanthera, with which it is often confused. Grows at moderate rate to 15 feet tall and wide, with graceful, arching branches. New leaves are a beautiful deep brownish red. Mature leaves, 36 inches long, are glossy dark green with reddish midrib. Plant produces small clusters of fragrant, creamy white owers in summer, followed by small, puffy dark red berries that last throughout winter. Flowers and berries are attractive but not showy. Foliage of 'Tricolor' is variegated in yellow and rose.