Shrub to 4 m or more tall. Leaves opposite, lanceolate to oblong-elliptic, 1-4 cm long, 0.5-1 cm wide, dull, tip blunt, margins bent under, smelling strongly of lemon when crushed. Flower clusters axillary, in dense lateral spikes to 3-5 cm long. Flowers red to orange-red; spring to summer. Sepals persistent and upright in fruit. Stamen bases 12-16 mm long. Fruit to 1 cm 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.