A perennial, deciduous, nativeshrub or small tree that grows between 2 to 5 feet. The large, toothed leaves have five to seven leaflets and irregularly lobed. It has many small, white flowers with an unpleasant odor blooming May to July. The fruit is white with berry like drupes that turn black when ripe. Grows well in sun or shade and found along stream banks, in swampy thickets, moist clearings and open forests at sea level to middle elevations. It tolerates allsoil types but grows best in heavy clay, well drained soils and either in sun or shade. Common among all the Northern United States.