A shrub or small tree which tends to invade bushland areas. It is not an attractive tree - the leaves are dull and hairy and the purple flowers relatively small.
The tree grows up to 4m high. The leaves are covered with whitish-felty hairs. The leaves emit a strong smell when bruised.
Purple flowers ocurr in compact, terminal clusters on densely felty stalks up to 10cm long all year round. Spherical berries which start off green and turn yellow, and unripe, the berries are poisonous.
Hairy leaves and stems are a respiratory tract and skin irritant.