Tree to 20 m or so tall with the branches fastigiate (steeply ascending). Branchlets angled and densely covered in brownish hairs. Adult leaves leathery, mostly 10-15 cm long, 2.5-4 cm wide, rigid, oblong to obovate with large teeth. Leaf stalks thick, about 1 cm long. Flower clusters brush-like, to 10 cm long, covered with brown hairs. Flowers to about 3.5 cm long, paired, red with a club-like projecting style; hypogynous glands 4. Fruits 3-4 cm long, tapering to a persistent style; seeds about 1 cm long, winged.
Grown for the dense, upright branches with dark foliage and attractive reddish brown flowers.
Tree with fastigiate habit and red-brown flower clusters.
VIC: Mt Macedon ('Alton').
Source: (2002). Proteaceae. In: . Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 3. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 2. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.