More or less conical tree to about 30 m tall with young shoots red-brown and softly hairy. Leaves rough, rounded and cordate to ovate with a short point, to 12 cm long, soft-hairy below, the hairs being unbranched, also hair tufts in the vein axils. Flowers mostly in 3s; summer. Fruit 5-ribbed and thick-shelled.
C & S Europe
Leaves rough; hairs on lower surface simple, white; flowers and fruit mostly in 3s; fruit 5-ribbed.
SA: Stirling (Beechwood Heritage Garden, Snows Rd). NSW: Ournie (Jephcott Arboretum). VIC: Castlemaine (Castlemaine Botanical Gardens, 14 m tall in 1984); Dandenongs ('Pirianda'); Fitzroy (Gds); Leongatha (Mossvale Park); Melbourne (Kings Domain, near fountain); The Basin (Como Nurseries).
Source: (1997). Tiliaceae. 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.
Upright habit; branchlets exceptionally bright red to purple; attractive in winter.