This is a low growing shrub or small tree of up to 6 meters in height. It occurs in coastal dune scrub and low coastal forest. Their small, creamy-white flowers (Dec to March) are popular with honey bees and they are followed by tiny, spherical fruits (Feb to May). The seeds often fail to germinate as they are parasitized by a type of fly larva. They are hardy, attractive plants that can be used a screening for boundary walls as well as making good hedges.