Tree to 20 m or more tall, occasionally multistemmed. Bark white to brownish, peeling or not. Branchlets reddish, generally hairy, resin glands present and white dots (lenticels). Leaves ovate, about 5-9 cm long with an extended narrow tip, double or single toothed, vein pairs about 7-10. Female catkins 3-5 cm long; bracts with central lobe shorter than the two spreading lateral lobes; early spring. Nuts with wings 2-3 times wider than the central nut. A tree for cool, moist areas.
Relatively large leaves more or less rounded at the base, long pointed at the tip.
VIC: Dandenongs (R.J.Hamer Arboretum, planted 1976; 'Pirianda' about 6 m in 1984).
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.