A deciduous shrub that grows 6 to 8 feet tall. Found primarily east of the Cascade Mountains in Washington at low- to mid-elevations, at a wide variety of sites. Grows in open, sunny sites, or as an understory species in moderate shade. Prefers moist, well-drained soil and sites that are open and exposed. Used along streams as a restoration species for its matting root system that’s useful for streamside stabilization. Provides forage and habitat for many species of birds and animals, leaves are browsed by larger animals and dried fruits are an important food source for birds and mammals in winter.