A deciduous tree with a vertically segmented trunk and yellowish brown bark. Young twigs are shaggy. The leaf petioles are rather slender, 0.5-12 cm long, velvety due to dense, minute, yellowish hairs. The yellow-green leaves are arranged in opposites and turn black when drying out, shiny above and pale beneath, ovate-triangular in shape, 3-35 cm long and 3-22 cm broad in size, rounded at base and pointed at apex. In young plants, the leaf margin is teethed, both surfaces are densely velvety. The greenish yellow flowers arise in compact clusters, each about 12 mm. The fruit is broadly ovoid, 3-6 mm, green at first, eventually turning purple or blackish when ripe.
Understory of less disturbed areas.
Native tree. Wood is useful for carving and fancywork.