A deciduous shrub growing 6 to 20 feet in height. Flowers are clusters of brownish-yellow, small, with male and female flowers on separate plants. The reddish fruit is a globe-shaped berry commonly used for making jelly. Prefers full sun and is winter hardy and alkaline tolerant with shallow roots that readily sprout however it is only partly drought tolerant. Provides cover and forage for birds and small animals. Occurs along streams, in bottomlands, and on moist hillsides. It is native throughout the western United States and some Northern States.