Tall shrub or tree to 15 m or so tall, young shoots often with reddish hair. Leaves elliptic-lanceolate, mostly 5-10 cm long, 2-4 cm wide with large marginal teeth, dark green above, white- or rusty-haired below; stipules to 5 mm long. Flowers in more or less spherical heads, 1-2 cm wide; spring to early summer. Sepals 4-5, free. Petals absent. Ovary superior, with 2-3 chambers. Fruit a capsule.
Grown for the attractive foliage and unusual globular flowers and occurring naturally from S Qld to the Blue Mtns in NSW.
Young shoots used by early settlers for wattle and daub huts, hence common name. The pink timber is sometimes used commercially.
Source: (2002). Cunoniaceae. 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.