Deciduous shrub growing from 3 to 8 feet tall. Russet Buffaloberry has dark green and silver foliage, spring-blooming, small yellow flowers, and small red berries. The flowers attract bees. The fruit is fleshy and edible, however, they are very bitter; commonly referred to as Soapberries. While the berries taste soapy to humans, grouse, bears, and rabbits love to graze on them. Prefers partial shade and dry soils. It is able to survive in nutrient-poor soils thanks to its nitrogen fixing ability.