Is a multi-stemmed shrub with arching stems and straight, sharp spines up to 5 cm long. The glossy dark green leaves are often tinged with red or maroon, adding to its possible use as a contrast plant. The fruits are cream, ripening to pink or red. This shrub makes a useful addition to a security hedge and provides safe nesting sites and food for birds. Plant in well-drained soil with an application of compost and a good layer of mulch. Further applications of compost and/or organic fertilizer will increase growth and vigour. Regular pruning will keep it in shape if this is desired.