This is a large shrub, with clusters of inconspicuous greenish-white flowers. Fruits are red berries, maturing to black. The berries have strong, potentially dangerous laxative properties. The leaf margins are entire or minutely serrated, smooth above and smooth (or with fine, short hairs) below. Common in the Outer Coast Ranges. Hairy Coffeeberry (subsp. tomentalla, not pictured) is similar, but distinguished by its gray, tomentose twigs and leaves which are consistently velvety or silvery below.