Trees 6–10 m tall; young branches glabrescent, sparsely lenticellate; buds ovoid, shiny. Stipules caducous; petiole slender, 1.5–2 cm, glabrous; leaf blade ovate, 6.5–8 × 3.5–5 cm, thinly leathery, abaxially glabrous, base subcordate or rounded, margin crenate-serrate, apex acuminate and to 1 cm; lateral veins 5 or 6 on each side, somewhat prominent on both surfaces. Peduncle ca. 1 cm in fruit. Flowers not seen. Infructescence solitary, obconical, ca. 1.5 cm wide, base cuneate. Capsules 5 or 6, borne on upper part of head; staminode teeth scalelike. Seeds brown. Fl. Apr–Jun, fr. Jul–Oct.