The trunk often has a greyish, peeling bark. The spreading branches of the tree could root when in contact with soil. Young parts are minutely hairy. Leaves with 3-5 leaflets and a middle segment larger than the others. Leaves are dull green above and paler beneath, aromatic when crushed, oblong in shape with a rounded base and a progressively tapered and pointed apex about 5-15 cm long and 1-4 cm broad. The terminally-borne inflorescences are conical in shape when young and develop into well-branched many-flowered clusters. Flowers are about 5 mm, violet blue in colour. Develop into ovoid, 1-1.5 cm one -seeded, black or purple-black fruits.
Damp or moist areas of forests. Also grown in home gardens.