Mostly a soft-wooded shrub to about 2-4 m tall with corky bark and lenticels on the young shoots. Leaves to about 30 cm long, sometimes with slender stipules. Leaflets 3-5, ovate to elliptic, 4-7 cm long, 2-4 cm wide, with a pointed tip, the margins sharply toothed in the upper part. Flower clusters flat-topped, to about 20 cm wide. Flowers creamy white, with a rather unpleasant smell; spring to early summer. Fruit about 5 mm long, black.
W Asia, N Africa, Europe
Occasionally naturalised in SA, NSW, Vic and Tas.
Source: (2002). Caprifoliaceae. 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.