A rounded, dense shrub to 2 m or so tall with fine, arching, downy branches. Leaves oblanceolate, to about 4 cm long, 1.5 cm wide, entire or with a few teeth towards the tip, downy-haired below. Flowers prolific on the upper side of the shoots, white, in groups of 4-8; spring. [s. _arguta Zab.] a seedling of the cross s. _multiflora _ s. thunbergii.