Deciduous to semi-evergreen shrub to 5 m tall. Branchlets covered with short, soft hairs. Leaves 3-6 cm long, 1-2 cm wide, mostly elliptic to lanceolate. Leaf stalk mostly 1-3 mm long. Flower clusters 3-6 cm long, stems covered with short, soft hairs. Flowers with tube 2-3 mm long, no longer than the lobes, fragrant; filaments slightly protruding. Fruit 6-8 mm wide, ovoid to spherical, shiny black.
SW Asia, Europe, N Africa
Naturalised at Rowville,Victoria.
Generally easily distinguished by the leaves being hairless below, and the short floral tube 2-3 mm long and no longer than the lobes.
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.
Leaves small, oval to elliptic and Box-like, less than 2.5 cm long. Originated in England before 1885.