Plant Select® 2004. Native to Russia, this slow growing compact shrub deals with harsh weather by being leafless and gets by with just finely textured blue-green stems. Small frothy yellow flowers are followed by bright red berries in mid-summer on female plants. This densely branched conifer relative exhibits great winter interest and a very wild look year-round. Makes a great accent on a high point or exposed site and unlike yucca, another accent plant for tough sites, this plant is not “pokey”. It is very child friendly! Tolerates most soils and does well in hot dry areas.