An evergreen shrub or tree. Leaves ovate, with a heart-shaped base, 21⁄2 to 41⁄2 in. long, green both sides, coarsely and irregularly toothed, often with two lateral lobes near the base; leaf-stalk slender, half as long as the blade. When young, the leaves and young wood are dotted with stellate hairs. Flowers produced on short racemes or singly, white, each 1⁄4 in. across.
Native of S.E. Australia and Tasmania. It is a quick grower and flowers in July, but its blossoms have little beauty, nor has it shown the graceful and distinct growth of P. betulinus. It is also tender, and only hardy in mild districts.