This species is an evergeen shrub or small tree. Its range of distribution extends from Japan to India. The leathery, dark greenare very attractive. The pink, 5-merous with joined petals are pretty, and the many small, coral-red berries that remain on the plant for at least six months are an additional decorative feature. The thickened edges of the leaves, inhabited by nitrogen-fixing bacteria living in a symbiotic relationship with the , are typical of the species.
It does well in full sun at normal room temperature. It requires cooler conditions – 15°-18°C (59°-64°F) – in winter. Water regularly. It tends to become leggy, so cut back to within 8 cm (3 in) of the base in spring. Propagate byat a temperature of 20°C (68° F). Alternatively, take tip . These require a temperature of 25° C (77° F) to form .