Distribution: Alaska, Canada and much of the United States
Habitat: Foothills and lowlands, more common in drier areas
Flowers: May - Early July
Conservation Status: Not of concern
Deciduous, erect shrubs or small trees, 1-5 m. tall, the bark purplish-gray.
Leaf blades elliptic to oblong-obovate, finely serrate, 4-10 cm. long, bright green and glabrous on the upper surface, paler and glabrous to pubescent beneath.
Inflorescence a terminal, pendant, many-flowered raceme, the uniform pedicels 4-8 mm. long; calyx glabrous, the 5 lobes spreading to recurved, oval, finely glandular, 1-1.5 mm. long; petals 5, creamy white, sub-orbicular, early-deciduous, 4-6 mm. long; stamens about 25; pistil 1.
Drupe ovoid, 8-11 mm. long, red to purple or black.