This is a tall shrub with an umbrella like canopy. Large leaves are made up of smaller leaflets. It's twigs are covered in tiny hairs giving them a velvety feeling similar to the velvety antlers of deer, thus the name. In the summer red berries grow tightly together in a cone shape, pointing upward. These berries are edible and most commonly used in a tea or other drinks. In the fall the leaves turn orange and red. Plant in well drained soil.