The white, radially symmetrical flowers are small and are arranged in small clusters, measuring 6-13 cm. in width, at the leaf axils. The blooms have a green, spherical center, surrounded by four-to-eight white stamens, a shallow, fused corolla that opens into approximately eight rounded petal lobes, and delicate green sepals.
The berry-like fruit is round and bright red. Berries are arranged in tight rounded clusters at the leaf axils along the length of the stem.
The rich green leaves measure approximately 5 cm. in length and are elliptical with pointed tips, brownish petioles, and small-toothed margins.
Winterberry grows best in swamps, damp or dry thickets, and around pondsides
Winterberry is an evergreen whose bright, showy berries make it a popular component of ornamental autumn and winter displays.
Winterberry berries are a popular food source for birds.
Other names attributed to winterberry include black alder.