Distribution: Both sides of the Cascades in Washington; Alaska to Oregon, east to the Atlantic Coast.
Habitat: Moderately dry, open to wooded areas, sea level to mid-elevations in the mountains.
Conservation Status: Not of concern
Unarmed, spreading shrub 1-4 m. tall; young twigs conspicuously brownish-scurfy; older branches brownish.
Leaves opposite, entire, short-petiolate, the blades ovate to ovate-lanceolate, 1.5-6 cm. long and 1-3 cm. broad, greenish on the upper surface and white-scurfy beneath, but with many brownish scales.
Plants dioecious, the flowers apetalous; staminate flowers brownish, with an 8-lobed disk in the throat of the calyx tube, the calyx with 4 spreading lobes 1-2 mm. long; stamens 8; pistillate flowers with the calyx tube enclosing the pistil, the 4 lobes short.
Fruit ellipsoid, yellowish-red, fleshy.