Spreading small to medium-sized tree with trunk covered by white, beige and grey thick papery bark.
Usually grows to 8 – 15 m high (sometimes 25 m) with a spread of 5–10 m.
Grey-green leaves are egg-shaped. Young growth hairy with long and short, soft hairs. Leaves arranged alternately; flat, leathery, 55 – 120 mm long, 10 – 31 mm wide.
Flowers cream or white bottlebrush-like, arranged in spikes on ends of branches which continue to grow after flowering. Spikes contain 5 to 18 groups of flowers in threes, up to 40 mm in diameter and 20 – 50 mm long. Petals 3 mm long and fall off as flower ages. Stamens (male organ of a flower, consisting of a stalk and a pollen-bearing portion) white, cream-coloured or greenish and arranged in 5 bundles around the flower, 5 - 10 stamens per bundle.
Flowering is followed by fruit which are woody, broadly cylindrical capsules, 2.5 – 4 mm long and clustered, spike-like along branches.
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