A deciduous shrub with an upright growth form, widely distributed throughout the state at low- to mid-elevations. It can grow anywhere from 3 to 8 feet tall with approximately equal spread. Rhizomatous and can spread by underground runners, creating thickets that can be quite large, this makes it an excellent soil stabilizer. Snowberry are adaptable to a wide range of conditions, sun or shade exposure, damp, marshy sites to rocky open upland areas. Identified by its white berries that develop in late summer and persist through winter. They provide wildlife habitat and are a common riparian species. The berries are considered poisonous to humans.