L. nitida is a broadleaf evergreen shrub 1.2–1.5 m tall and 1.2–1.8 m wide if unclipped, with dark green, small leaves The creamy white, fragrant flowers, appearing at the end of spring.. The fruit (rarely formed on clipped specimens) is an inedible bluish-purple berry . The growth rate is moderate or fast growing. While resistant to deer and rabbits, it is attractive to birds. When planted, the species is easy to clip and needs frequent clipping because it flops if it grows to a height over 5 feet.