Distribution: Northeast Canada and United States, occasionally west to Montana and Utah; rare in Washington.
Habitat: Along watercourses, and on open or wooded, moist or dry areas from the plains into the lower mountains.
Flowers: April - May
Conservation Status: Not of concern
Shrub or small tree, 1-10 m. tall, some of the branches sharp-pointed, the bark deep brownish-purple.
Leaves alternate, deciduous, the petioles stout, pubescent, 5-12 mm. long, the blades lanceolate to elliptic, acuminate, acute at the base, serrate, glabrous, often hairy beneath, 4-10 cm. long.
Flowers 2-4 in umbels, the pedicels slender; calyx reddish tinged, the 5 lobes 2.5-3.5 mm. long, about equal to the tube, pubescent on the upper surface, oblong-lanceolate, serrulate; petals 5, white, elliptic-oblong, 7-9 mm. long; stamens about 25; pistil 1, simple.
Drupe orange to purplish-red, the flesh yellow, 1.8-2.5 cm. long.