Deciduous shrub to about 3-4 m tall. Shoots sometimes reddish. Leaves ellipticovate, to about 10 cm long, reddish in autumn, slightly hairy on both surfaces, vein pairs 3-5. Flowers white, in dense clusters about 5 cm wide, fragrant; summer. Fruits purple-black, spherical, about 6 mm wide.
Source: (2002). Cornaceae. 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.