Large shrub or small tree mostly 3-10 m tall with papery, peeling bark and characteristic purplish pink new growth. Leaves narrow-rhomboidal, tapered at both ends 6-9 cm long, 0.5-1.5 cm wide; veins distinct on both surfaces. Flower spikes mostly 4-5 cm long, 3-3.5 cm wide; spring to summer. Filaments 12-15 mm long, creamy white to yellow, occasionally pink or red. Fruits 4-5 mm wide.
Source: (2002). Myrtaceae. 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.