An evergreen shrub rarely more than 1 m tall with rounded leaves that vary from dark green to blue green. The new growth is an inciting bright red color and the yellowish to rich pink, bell-shaped flowers are followed by large, juicy berries. The berries may reach 2 cm in diameter and vary in color from bush to bush, from yellow to orange to pink to red to purple to blue black, both shiny and glaucous. The flavor of the berries is variable, from slightly insipid to tangy to pure sweet. Native to the islands of Hawaii between 600m and 3600 m, it is a primary pioneer species on recent lava flows and able to withstand significant ash fall. In cultivation, it needs a mineral rich, acidic soil and will do well in USDA Zones 7 and above. The seeds germinate warm in 40 to 80 days.