Erect, spreading shrub; stems 0.4-2 m tall, angled; glabrous; young twigs brownish to yellowish or reddish; old branches greyish.
Alternate, deciduous, oval to broadly egg-shaped, 1-5 cm long, 0.7-3 cm wide, blunt at both ends, entire or sometimes very slightly toothed, glabrous, more or less with a whitish bloom on the lower surfaces.
Solitary in leaf axils, appearing before the leaves have reached half their mature size; flower stalks 1-8 mm long, strongly curved downward in fruit, not enlarged immediately under the berry; corollas pinkish, tubular urn-shaped, about 4-7 mm long, usually longer than wide, widest just below midlength; calyces shallowly lobed, the lobes deciduous (rarely persistent) in fruit; filaments glabrous, shorter than the anthers; anthers awned, with terminal pores.
Berries, globe-shaped, 6-9 mm wide, purplish-black to bluish-black, mostly with distinct bluish bloom; pleasantly tart.
If more than one illustration is available for a species (e.g., separate illustrations were provided for two subspecies) then links to the separate images will be provided below. Note that individual subspecies or varietal illustrations are not always available.
Illustration Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia
Present over the Summer
Source: The USDA
||Value / Class
Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
of field plots
species was recorded in:
BEC Zone Class
All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in
|BAFA(1), BWBS(6), CDF(2), CMA(1), CWH(1746), ESSF(1616), ICH(1912), IDF(6), MH(469), MS(53), SBPS(2), SBS(519), SWB(3)|
Source: Klinkenberg 2013