Family, Rose. Color, white. Leaves, alternate, with stipules, oval, small, petioled, with finely cut edges, softly downy beneath. Calyx of 5 sepals, united below. Petals, 5. Stamens, many. Pistil, 1. Fruit, a stone inclosed in fleshy pulp, a drupe. Just before being ripe it is crimson, and when fully ripe is a dark purple, covered with a whitish powdery bloom, as large as a good-sized marble. Edible.
A compact, low, spreading bush, from 2 to 6 feet high, found in large numbers on sea-beaches from Maine to Virginia. When found farther inland the fruit is smaller. Bark, dark purple, with light dots.