Traditional plant for smaller hedges. Has little round deep green leaves that hold well all year. Can make an interesting alternative to box hedging. It is pretty dense, with fine branches, and these branches and denseness allow it to be used for a fairly narrow hedge, but not really suitable for anything more than 1-1.25m (3-4ft) tall. It also grows like the clappers, so needs to be trimmed several times a year to keep it really tidy. otherwise it has a habit of collapsing outwards. so not a hedge for the lazy gardener. They are inexpensive to buy and establish quickly, so although slightly out of fashion at the moment, well worth considering.