A deciduous, native shrub growing 3 to 15 feet. It has thin light brown bark and green leaves with a few small teeth at the top. The flowers are white with short petals that bloom April to June. The fruit is sweet with smooth skin, purple-black with a slightly gray-blue waxy, the pulp are used in pies, jams, syrup and wine, ripening from June to August. Reestablishes from seed or vegetative cuttings or by its extensive root system growing in clumps with horizontal and vertical rhizomes. Used for reclamation and is good forage for livestock and wildlife. Pacific coast through the Rocky Mountains and the north Midwest States.