Rounded or mound-forming shrub to about 1m in height. Leaves are light green, rounded or nearly so, 3-4cm long, auricles at the base. Flowers pale pink to white 5-6mm long in loose panicles. Fruits dark brown, 6-8mm in diameter. Hardy and drought tolerant. Grows among hot dry rocks in the Rocky Mountains as far east as Colorado and in the West Coast Ranges.