The tree typically grows to a height of 6 to 15 metres and a canopy that spreads to over 3 metres wide. It has smooth, white, pink, greenish or light copper coloured bark that sheds in ribbons. Juvenile leaves are stalked, ovate to broad-lanceolate to elliptical. Adult leaves have a disjunct arrangement and are stalked.
The leaf blade has a broad-lanceolate shape, basally tapered and are about 18 centimetres in length and 5 cm wide. Leaves are dull, grey-green to glaucous and concolorous. Lemon yellow flowers appear in late winter to late spring. Each axillary, simple conflorescence has three to seven flowered umbellasters on terete peduncles.
The buds have a rostrate or urceolate appearance with a calyx calyptrate that sheds early. The fruit is bell or urceolate shaped that are about 1.5 cm long and 1.4 cm wide. Fruits have depressed discs and enclosed valves and contain red coloured seeds that are linear and cuboid.