It is a bush native to the northern hemisphere, America and Eurasia included, which usually grows 4 and 6 m. in height. The trunk is curved, bent and hollow with thick branches. The flowers are white, made up of 5 serrated petals, grouped into inflorescences 10 to 25 cm. in diameter. The fruit is a shiny black berry 6 mm. wide. Propagation occurs by seeds or cuttings. It adapts to a variety of soils, as long as the roots can grow deep. It requires humid, cool conditions and abundant rainfall.
The flowers and fruits are used for medicinal purposes. They act as a diuretic, improve intestinal transit, strengthen the immune system, and fight cold and flu viruses. Additionally, the berry is edible, used in brandy jams and wines.