This section is from the book "Handbook Of Hardy Trees, Shrubs, And Herbaceous Plants", by W. Botting Hemsley. Also available from Amazon: Handbook of hardy trees, shrubs, and herbaceous plants.
Slender branching deciduous shrubs with small red or white flowers and white or pink berries about the size of a small cherry. There are about half a dozen species, natives of North America.. The name is derived from to bear together, and fruit, in allusion to the clustered berries.
1. S. racemosus. Snowberry. - This is a very common bush in English gardens. It has small oval entire leaves and racemes of small pink flowers, succeeded by the more conspicuous and familiar pure white berries, which are persistent during a greater part of the Winter.
5. occidentalis (Wolf berry) has rather larger crowded flowers and smaller white fruit; and S. vulgaris (Coral-berry) has small dark red berries.