Habitat: Montane on both sides of Continental Divide
Height: Less than 10 m
Description: This small tree has a smooth grayish-brown bark which may have fine scales. As the tree ages, the bark darkens to appear almost black. The leaves are almost oval in shape, finely toothed and tapering to a point. They are 7-10 cm long, dull green above and green on the lower surface. The flowers grow at the end of new twigs. Each individual flower is small, approximately 6 mm across, but they grow tightly together with many other flowers to form a large flower spike at the end of the branch. In August, the flowers are replaced by sour, purplish-black berries.
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