Shrubs to about 3 m tall. New growth softly hairy. Leaves to about 10 cm long, elliptic to ovate, entire or with small teeth on young plants, white and downy below. Flowers in erect, branching clusters, each branch with 3 flowers; summer.
Occasionally offered as var. serrulatus (Hayata) G. Koidz, a variety with finely toothed leaves.
C. virginicus L., Old-man's Beard, from SW USA is a large shrub with pendulous flowers or a small tree that flowers in late spring.
Source: (2002). Oleaceae. In: . Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 4. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 3. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.