Moderate-sized tree. Live bark is 10 mm thick and light brown with a strong, pleasant cinnamon smell and spicy, burning taste. Branchlets are slender. Leaves are 7—25 x 3—8 cm (5 x 1.5 cm in inflorescence) in size. Leaves are opposite or sub-opposite, oval or elliptic to lanceolate. Flowers are pale yellowish-green. Fruit is up to 12.5 mm long, ellipsoid to oblong ovoid.