Medium-sized to tall tree. Bark grey, fairly smooth but flaking in older trees; young branches with conspicuous pale lenticels. Leaves broadly ovate, obovate to almost circular, 4-13 cm long, thinly textured, bright to deep green on both surfaces, veining slightly raised above and conspicuous below, hair-tuft domatia sometimes present in the axils of the veins below; margin coarsely toothed or scalloped.
Flowers in axillary branched heads, yellowish-green, c. 5 mm in diameter, unpleasantly scented. Fruit a very small obovoid capsule, c. 3 mm in diameter, densely covered in short soft hairs.