Similar in habit to the species with a few distinct exceptions. The buds and bark are green rather than red and the leaves are a soft yellow-green, showing no red pigmentation in spring or fall. Unlike the species, 'Candidissima' has white flowers which are also extremely fragrant. Fruit rapidly changes from pale yellow to red, then to blue-black, but is not a significant feature since there are usually only 3 or 4 to a cluster. Fall color is described as yellow to none. Zone 5
This plant can also be forced to bloom indoors as described under the species. Blooms on naked stems.
'Candidissima' is one of the first plants to bloom in the spring, so late spring frosts can wreck havoc on the flowers. It is advisable to plant in a location that prolongs dormancy as long as possible.