Wayfaring-tree is a deciduous shrub, branching from the base, which grows 2-6 m tall and is found on woodland margins and in hedgerows on dry, lime-rich soils.
The funnel-shaped, creamy-white, 5-petalled flowers are 5-6 mm across. They are arranged in dense, branched, flat-topped clusters at the end of stems and appear in May.
Unlike the closely related Guelder-rose, the flowers are all the same size and all are fertile.
The round, flat fruits, 8 mm long, are red at first, but become black when ripe in late summer.