Ill. Handb. Laubholzk. 1: 761, figs. 429 h–k. 1906.
Shrubs, to 0.2 m. Stems carpeting or procumbent, rooting, to 1.5 m, pliant; branches distichous or spiraled, greenish to light brown, densely lenticellate, initially pilose-strigose. Leaves persistent; petiole 2–9 mm, villose-strigose; blade elliptic or obovate, rarely suborbiculate, 13–43 × 6–26 mm, coriaceous, base cuneate or obtuse, margins revolute, veins 5–8, sunken, apex obtuse or acute, rarely retuse, abaxial surfaces grayish green, reticulate, initially villous, adaxial light green to green, intensely shiny, not glaucous, reticulate-rugose, not bulging between lateral veins, often single hairs on midrib. Inflorescences on fertile shoots 20–40 mm, usually with 4 leaves, (1 or)2 or 3(or 4)-flowered, compact. Pedicels 4–15 mm, thin, villose-strigose. Flowers slightly pendent, 10–12 mm diam.; buds white; hypanthium cupulate, sparsely pilose-strigose; sepals: margins sparsely villous, apex obtuse or acute, surfaces sparsely pilose-strigose; petals spreading, white, glabrous; stamens 20, filaments white, anthers purple-black; styles 4 or 5. Pomes bright red, obovoid to broadly obovoid, rarely globose, 6–10 × 6–8 mm, shiny, not glaucous, glabrous; sepals suberect, glabrous; navel open; style remnants at apex. Pyrenes 4 or 5. 2n = 34 (Germany).
Phenology: Flowering May–Jun; fruiting Sep–Apr.
Habitat: Disturbed forests, grassy banks, rock roadcuts, urban waste ground
Elevation: 0–200 m
Introduced; B.C., Wash., Asia (China), introduced also in Europe.