A deciduous, native, monoecious shrub, growing 2 to 8 feet tall. It has moderate to dense vegetation with spiny appearance and the bark is yellowishgray to light brown with deep grooves. Flowers are green with hint of red; the males are cone-like with terminal spikes and the females are wing-like, from June to August. The fruit is tan or reddish is color with a small brown seed in the center. Th e hardy shrub is common in saline or alkaline, deep clay, silty clay, sandy clay, or loam soils. Located in the Northern parts of the Rocky Mountain region.