This is a large shrub with clusters of inconspicuous greenish-white flowers. Fruits are berries, red maturing 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.