It can be a single- or multi-stemmed tree, with glossy green foliage, which forms a nice round crown. This tree is fast growing and frost but not drought tolerant. It has a straight, smooth, grey or creamy-white trunk, sometimes mottled or marked with orange. The leaves are glossy dark green above, pale green and dull below, they are hairless and give off a faint smell of almonds when crushed, The flowers are very small, pale to dark pink in colour, and are slightly fragrant. Flowers are in loose, axillary heads that are usually more than half as long as the leaves.