A deciduous shrub to about 5 m tall. Leaves ovate, to about 7 cm long and 3 cm wide. Flowers lilac, in open clusters, intermediate in appearance to the parents.
A hybrid, S. laciniata × S. vulgaris, raised originally in the late 18th century by M. Varin, director of the Rouen Botanical Garden, France, the cross later repeated.
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.