Native shrub growing 3 to 10 feet. Bright red berrylike fruits best seen after leaffall can persist into January. Prefers full sun but can tolerate some shade. Most common on wet soils but can grow on moist, cool upland soils. Both male and female plants, so, plant in clusters of 5 or more. Inconspicuous greenish or yellowish white flowers are attractive to bees.
One- and two-year-old seedlings, 4 to 12 inches.