A medium to large, multistemmed shrub, often reaching heights of 20 feet.
The leaves, borne alternately on the stems, are generally oval, 1-3 inches long, wavy, and lack teeth. The upper surface of leaves is dark green to grayish-green, while the lower surface is covered with silvery white scales, a conspicuous characteristic that can be seen from a distance.
Flowers are small, light yellow, fragrant, borne in clusters along twigs, and bloom in late April and May. The outsides of the flowers have small, silvery scales.
Fruits are small (less than 1/4 inch), fleshy, juicy, start as yellowish and ripen from pink to red, with speckles. They are finely dotted with pale scales and are produced in abundance each year.