Growing to 15 to 30 meters tall with a trunk diameter of up to 70 to 120 centimetres, with flowers in racemes. The leaves are simple, 6 to 14 centimeters long, with a serrated margin. The flowers are small, 10 to 15 millimeters diameter, with five white petals and about 20 stamens, and are fragrant; there are around 40 flowers on each raceme. The fruit is a drupe, 1 cm in diameter, green to red at first, ripening to black; it is usually astringent and bitter when eaten fresh, but also somewhat sweet.
Found in deciduous and mixed forests, as well as in parks and landscaping.