Color, white. Flowers, all perfect, in flat cymes, peduncled, 2 to 3 inches broad. Leaves, pale green, broadly ovate, coarsely and sharply toothed, with prominent, straight veins, somewhat heart-shape at base, pointed at apex on slender petioles. Hairy tufts fill the axils. May and June

A tall shrub, 5 to 15 feet high, with grayish bark, common in wet soil from Maine to Georgia, westward to western New York. Fruit a small drupe, blue or black.