A perennial, cool season shrub or small tree growing to an average of 15 feet tall. Leaves have coarse toothed edges with fine soft hairs, turning brown in the fall. The flowers have white petals that grow in small clusters covering the full plant, blooming April to June. The small berries or seeds turn red to brown and then black when ripe. The fruit is sweet, juicy and palatable. It is drought tolerant. Found in arid areas in canyons, rocky areas, and foothills preferring coarse to medium well drained soils and is not salt tolerant. Reproduction is by seed or by sprouting from the root crown. Found across the Western United States.