- Deciduous shrub to 6 ft (1.8 m) possibly more, mounded, spreading branches. Leaves opposite, simple, to 6 × 4 cm, ovate, acuminate, rounded at base, biserrate, corrugated above, yellow-pubescent below. Flowers white, to 4 cm wide, solitary, terminal, 4-lobed, 4 bracts (epicalyx, i.e., resemble the outer calyx). Fruit to 8 mm, 1-5, glossy, black, persist into winter.
- Sun to shade. Tolerates a wide range of soil conditions. Tough plant.
- Hardy to USDA Zone 4. Native to China and Japan.
- Rhodotypos: from the Greek rhodon, rose, and typos, a reference to the similarity of the flower to that of a rose. scandens: climbing.
- Portland, Oregon: Elk Rock.