Arborescent shrub or small tree to 8 m; twigs glabrous, lvs thin to rather firm, slightly to evidently short-hairy above when young, and sometimes also villous along the veins beneath, essentially glabrous at maturity, broadly ovate to deltoid or broadly elliptic, rounded or obtuse to truncate or subcordate at the base, usually with shallow lateral lobes, 2.5-6 נ2-5 cm or sometimes larger on vegetative shoots; fls 1.3-2 cm wide, in glabrous or somewhat villous compound cymes; sep narrow, generally entire or nearly so; fr red, 0.8-1.5 cm thick, palatable, usually becoming mellow or succulent; nutlets 3-5. N. Engl. and se. Can. to Ga., w. to Minn., Ill., and La. (C. basilica; C. beata; C. beckwithiae; C. brumalis; C. compta; C. ferrissii; C. filipes; C. gravis; C. iracunda; C. iterata; C. lemingtonensis; C. levis; C. macrosperma; C. populnea; C. schuettei; C. silvicola; C. stolonifera)
Gleason, Henry A. & Cronquist, Arthur J. 1991. Manual of vascular plants of northeastern United States and adjacent Canada. lxxv + 910 pp.