This section is from the book "Commercial Gardening Vol4", by John Weathers (the Editor). Also available from Amazon: Commercial Gardening, A Practical & Scientific Treatise For Market Gardeners.
A strong-growing shrub, 4-6 ft. or more high, with oval leaves and loose spikes of small funnel-shaped pinkish flowers from July to September, succeeded by large white berries. S. occidentalis (the Wolf Berry) and S. vulgaris (or orbiculatus) are other species - all natives of North America, and useful in any rough soil. The last-named has a variegated form. They are all easily raised from suckers.