Distribution: Widely distributed throughout Washington; Alaska south to California, east across Canada and northern United States to the Atlantic Coast.
Habitat: Thickets and open slopes, lowlands to mid-elevations in the mountains.
Conservation Status: Not of concern
Deciduous, erect, branching shrubs from rhizomes, the stems usually 1-2 m. tall, glabrous.
Leaves opposite, elliptic or elliptic-ovate, entire or with a few, coarse, irregular teeth, 1.5-5 cm. long and 1-3.5 cm. wide; leaves on young, sterile shoots generally larger, glabrous and more irregular.
Flowers in short, dense, sub-sessile, few-flowered racemes, terminal on the twigs and in the upper axils; corolla white to pink, entire, 5-7 mm. long and nearly as wide, densely hairy within, the 5 lobes as long to nearly as long as the tube; stamens 5; style 2-3 mm. long, glabrous; ovary 4-celled, inferior.
Fruit berry-like, fleshy, with two seeds, ellipsoid, 1-1.5 cm. long, white.