Tree to 20 m or so tall. Bark smooth, grey. Young shoots softly hairy. Leaves ovate, mostly 4-10 cm long, dull grey-green above, greyish beneath with a velvety layer of hairs, pointed at tip, rounded to broadly wedge-shaped at base. Flowers winter to early spring. Fruits in groups of 4-8 with stalks absent or very short.
VIC: Melbourne (Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria (Melbourne Gardens), 10 m tall in 1978).
A. hirsuta (Spach) Rupr. from E Asia is occasionally available; it is similar but has more or less round leaves and brownish hair on the new growth.
Source: (1997). Betulaceae. In: . Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 2. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 1. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.