Small tree to 10 m; lvs obovate to broadly oblong-obovate, 7-12 cm, abruptly acuminate, broadly cuneate to rounded or subcordate at base, coarsely and often doubly serrate with irregular, triangular-ovate, rather blunt, gland-tipped teeth often 2 mm high, ±hairy beneath,
at least in the vein-axils; fls in clusters of 3 or 4, on reddish pedicels 1-2 cm; sep glandular on the margin, pubescent above, glabrous beneath; pet 10-15 mm; fr ellipsoid, red, varying to yellow, 2-3 cm; 2n=16. Moist woods and thickets; N.S. (intr.) and Me. to Man., s. to Conn., N.Y., n. O., Ind., Ill., and ne. Io. May.
Gleason, Henry A. & Cronquist, Arthur J. 1991. Manual of vascular plants of northeastern United States and adjacent Canada. lxxv + 910 pp.
Very local in the northern half of the state where it is found in wet woodland. All of the specimens I have seen in the wild were small, although one which I transplanted grew to a diameter of 7 inches at breast height when it was killed by borers. Its flowers are large, somewhat pinkish, and profuse; they appear early in April, making it the most ornamental species of the genus in this area. It suckers from the roots but not freely.