Color, white. In this species the flowers are all perfect, none being neutral and larger than the others. They make a cluster, or cyme, with long peduncles, each flower pedi-celled, the cyme 1 1/2 to 3 inches across. Fruit, a drupe, first crimson, then turning a bluish black. Leaves, opposite, broadly triangular, 3-lobed, palmately veined, lobes pointed, spreading, coarsely and deeply toothed, downy on both sides when young, petioled, with bristly stipules. Very deep crimson in fall. May and June.

A shrub, 3 to 6 feet high, with grayish, slender branches, found in cool, thin woods, along roadsides, in dry soil, in all the Atlantic States to North Carolina, and westward.