Growing in the sand along our eastern coast as far south as New Jersey

and sometimes on the shores of the Great Lakes, the sand-cherry is

found. It is a low, trailing bush, but in some cases sends up erect

branches as high as four feet. The fruit is dark red--black when quite

ripe--and about half an inch long. It grows in small clusters or

solitary, and is said to be sweet and edible. The leaves, dark green on

the upper side, are lighter underneath; they are rather narrow, broadest

toward the end and tapering at the base. The edge is toothed almost to

the base. The flowers are white and thinly clustered.