A deciduous shrub to 4 m tall. Leaves pinnate, to 8 cm or so long, hairless. Leaflets 7, 9 or 11, ovate to lanceolate, each to 3 cm long and about 1 cm wide, stalkless. Flowers white with a hint of lilac, in clusters to 7.5 cm long. Floral tubes about 12 mm long, the lobes spreading.
This is the only species that has truly pinnate leaves, unlike several other species and hybrids which have dissected leaves.
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.