A deciduous shrub up to 10 or 12 ft high, of bushy, densely twiggy habit; young shoots brown, glabrous. Leaves lanceolate, or narrowly oval, tapered at both ends; 11⁄4 to 3 in. long, 1⁄3 to 11⁄4 in. wide; glossy green on both sides, and with minute, closely appressed hairs; slightly paler below; veins in three to five pairs; stalk slender, 1⁄6 to 1⁄2 in. long. Flowers dull white, in small cymes which are 11⁄4 in. or less in diameter. Fruit white or bluish white, 1⁄5 in. wide.
Native of western N. America from Oregon to California. It has little beauty of flower, but is a neat-habited shrub of cheerful aspect, distinct in its small, abundant leaves, shining green on both sides. Introduced in 1894.