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A deciduous shrub 3 to 10 ft high, straggling or erect, sometimes spreading by suckers and forming dense thickets of stems; or a small tree to 20 ft high. Leaves oval or oblong to almost rounded, 1 to 23⁄4 in. long, blunt or acute at the apex, densely downy beneath when unfolding, later glabrous, margins rather coarsely toothed almost to the base of the leaf. Flowers white, to about 11⁄4 in. wide, in loose racemes; top of ovary densely downy. Fruit juicy, purplish black, with a glaucous tinge.
Native of eastern N. America from S. Quebec to N. Carolina.
A. sanguinea var. gaspensis Wieg
A. sanguinea f. grandiflora Wieg. A. amabilis Wieg