Large. The only broad-leaved evergreen tree suitable for UK conditions generally. Excellent in coastal areas and most urban situations. But not for the coldest inland areas. Rather slow but ultimately a magnificent tree. Excellent on chalk soils. Also produced as a feathered tree for more naturalised planting. The dark green leathery leaves are sharply serrated like holly, older trees have a smoother edge. Naturally forms a wonderful multi-stem which is very long-lived. These trees, as they mature, become real land marks as they are evergreen and form great shapes.