Leaves, sharply 3 to 5- lobed, dotted, somewhat heart-shape, doubly serrate. Fruit, nearly round, black, smooth (no prickles) with a taste insipid, too sweet. Stem and branches free from prickles. April and May.
This species is cultivated, but is not so highly esteemed as the red currant. Woods, rich banks, and alluvial soil, from Virginia to Kentucky and northward.