A perennial, evergreen, invasive shrub growing 2 to 5 feet. Younger barker is a silvery or gray turning stringy and black with age. Leaves are wedge to fan-shaped and are usually three-lobed at tips. Flowers bloom in June with thousands of seeds maturing in the fall. ThThe seeds do not reproduce until the following spring. Grows well in sandy or loamy soil that is well drained with a low salinity level. Provides good forage and cover for wildlife. Found on arid plains, valleys, foothills and mountain slopes occurring in the northwest region of the United States.