Snow bush is a small tree or shrub growing to a height of 5 - 8 feet. It develops a vase-shaped to rounded, moderately-dense crown. Main trunks have gray smooth bark, branchlets are reddish. Leaves are variegated, purple, red pink, white, two-ranked on either side, simple, entire, ovate to obovate and 1 - 2 inches long. Flowers are inconspicuous, greenish white, petal-less, borne in axillary clusters on long stems. Fruits are round red fleshy berries about 3/8 inch wide. Seeds, cuttings and sucker divisions are used for propagation. Leaves are reported to have medicinal uses. Snow bush can be grown in various soil types if well drained. Light application of fertilizer stimulates foliage growth. The plant is easily pruned to form a small tree or hedge. It is a striking specimen or accent plant in garden or patio, as a border or mass planting, as well as in or outdoors in a container. It also makes an attractive bonsai plant.