Small to medium-sized tree up to 9 m tall. Delicate foliage with numerous fine branchlets and short needle-like leaves. The dark green leaves are arranged alternately on branches and are 1-2 cm long and often curved at the tip. The bark on the older trees is light brown, cracked and peeling. Creamy white flowers clustered in heads or short spikes with bright green leafy shoots at the ends. Flowers mainly in spring.
Low-growing perennial shrub, spreading over the ground for 3-4 metres but will ascend tree trunks and drape over other shrubs. Thick oblong leaves, 6-30 mm long and 2-7 mm wide with entire (not toothed or lobed) or very slightly toothed margins.