|Large, multi-stemmed, deciduous shrub or small tree. Oval leaves are purplish when new, turning green with age. Covered with profuse, mildly fragrant white flowers in spring. Edible greenish-red to purple-black fruit eaten fresh or in pies. Because roots are not aggressive and shade is not dense, this lovely plant is a superb choice for a perennial border or entryway. Flowers are best seen when plant is located in front of dark background such as an evergreen border or wall.