Good thing rainbowgardener did bump this thread because I didn't see it before.
I think your plant looks like Elderberry. If so, the dead looking stems will be tan in color and have pithy white core. Some of previous years growths will have died completely over the winter and will need to be cut off. In fact it's a good idea to cut them back shorter in spring.
The new shoots will develop umbels of white flowers at the top in late spring/early summer that will turn into tiny round black elderberries.
But I believe they need to cross pollinate so only if you have two different cultivars/plants. (Hmmm I wonder if this is true... I remember buying two different ones because of this description, but I now have single plants growing in remote corners of my yard and they all fruit.... Maybe bees bring the pollen to pollinate them.
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