Distribution: Widely distributed on both sides of the Cascades crest in Washington; Alaska to California, east to the Rocky Mountains and Great Plains.
Habitat: Open woods, canyons and hillsides, sea level to subalpine.
Growth Duration: Perennial
Conservation Status: Not of concern
Pollination: Bees, flies
Low and spreading shrubs to small trees, mostly 1-5 m. tall, the young branches reddish-brown, eventually gray barked.
Leaves with slender petioles 10-20 mm. long, the blades oval to oblong, 2-4 cm. long and from to nearly as broad, wedge-shaped to sub-cordate at the base, rounded at the tip, usually gray-pubescent on the lower surface.
Flowers 3-20 in short racemes, the lowest from leaf axils, the upper from gray bracts; pedicels slender, ascending, 5-10 mm. long; calyx lobes 5, triangular, 1.5-3.5 mm. long; petals 5, white, linear to linear-oblanceolate, 10-20 mm. long and 2-6 mm. broad; stamens 12-20; styles usually 5.
Ovary inferior; fruit globose, often glaucous, dark purplish, juicy, 10-14 mm. long.