A broadleaf evergreen shrub that grows 3 to 15 feet tall and spreads 4 to 12 feet wide. Grows throughout Washington from sea level to the subalpine Cascades in a wide range of conditions. Can be found growing in soils that range from dry to moist, and sites that vary from exposed to shady. Used as an ornamental species, favored for its bright yellow flower clusters in spring, dark purple berries in summer and reddish green leaves in fall. Well adapted to drier, exposed sites, making it suitable for many restoration projects. Has numerous uses as a conservation species, berries are a favored food of many wildlife species and young stems and leaves serve as forage for deer and elk. Extensive root systems develop over time making this a great plant for soil stabilization.