Eleutherococcus sieboldianus is a low, slender arching shrub to 3 m tall, stems often elongate, vine-like, with sets of 1-3 short, downward-pointing prickles at nodes under base of leaf stalk, bark gray with numerous small, raised lenticels
Leaves alternate, sometimes clustered at nodes, stalk to 8 cm, blade palmately compound, 5 or occasionally 7 leaflets, 2.5-3.5 cm long, 0.8-2.5 cm wide, oblong to widest above middle, pointed at both ends, dark green, margin coarsely toothed.
Flowers greenish-white, radially symmetrical, star-shaped, small, petals 5, pointed; inflorescence small, rounded, umbrella-shaped clusters, to 2.5 cm wide on a stalk to 10 cm long, sexes on separate plants.
Fruit fleshy, black to 0.6 cm wide, seeds 2-5; rarely produced (Brand 2001).
Wetland status: UPL.
Frequency in NYC: Infrequent.
Habitat: Overgrown horticultural sites.
Notes: Apparently only female plants used in horticulture but shrubs spread vegetatively rather aggressively, shade tolerant (Dirr 1990; Rehder 1986).