Leaf: Alternate, simple, elliptical and borne on a short petiole, 1 to 2 inches long, dull green above, pale almost white beneath.
Flower: Showy but small, white and bell-shaped.
Fruit: Small, blue-black berry usually with white bloom, containing many small seeds. Fruits are sweet and edible.
Twig: Slender, zigzag with a continuous small pith. Leaf scars are small with one bundle trace. Twigs are green. Buds are small, and the end bud is lacking.
Bark: Smooth, green to green-red, usually remains green to the ground.
Form: Shrubby, two to three feet tall.
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