Stems erect, branched, 2–3 m; twigs gray-puberulent with stellate hairs. Leaves: blades ovate to obovate, serrate, unlobed, 5–10 cm long, puberulent. Flowers: corolla subrotate, ca. 4 mm across. Drupe red, 8–10 mm long (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX
The following animal species have been reported as pollinators of this plant species or its genus where their geographic ranges overlap: Bombus pensylvanicus
and Bombus griseocollis
(Colla and Dumesh 2010).