Shrubs, deciduous, to 2 m tall. Bark light brown. Branchlets of current year yellowish brown, densely bristlelike hairy; branchlets of previous year brown, terete, sparsely hairy or subglabrous, with dispersed, small, rounded lenticels. Winter buds ovoid, with 2 pairs of separate scales; scales densely bristlelike hairy. Leaves always opposite, not clustered at apices of branchlets; stipules absent; petiole green, robust, 0.5-1 cm, densely yellowish brown bristlelike hairy; leaf blade yellowish green when young, ovate or broadly obovate, 3.5-6 × 2-4.5 cm, papery, abaxially yellowish brown bristlelike hairy, usually with dispersed yellowish transparent glandular dots, adaxially sparingly simple hairy, midvein raised abaxially, lateral veins 6-8-jugate, pinnate, straight or slightly arched, branched, ending in teeth, conspicuously raised abaxially, impressed adaxially, veinlets transverse, slightly raised abaxially, impressed adaxially, not lobed, base rounded to obtuse or slightly cordate, with 0-2 circular glands on both sides of midvein near base, margin serrate, apex abruptly narrowed, acute. Flowers appearing after leaves; inflorescence a compound umbel-like cyme, at apices of short branchlets with a pair of leaves, 5-7 cm in diam.; rays whorled; first node of inflorescence usually with 5 rays, dense, densely yellowish brown bristlelike hairy, without large sterile radiant flowers; peduncles 1.5-2 cm; bracts and bracteoles deciduous, leaflike, green, lanceolate, hairy. Flowers on rays of 2nd and 3rd orders, not fragrant, shortly pedicellate or sessile. Calyx green; tube tubular, ca. 1.2 mm, with simple hairs; lobes ovate, ca. 0.5 mm, ciliate, apex obtuse. Corolla white, rotate, 5-8 mm in diam., stellate-pubescent; tube ca. 1 mm; lobes spreading, orbicular-ovate, exceeding tube, apex rounded, margin entire. Stamens exceeding corolla, inserted at base of corolla; filaments 4-5 mm; anthers yellow-whitish, broadly elliptic, small, ca. 1 mm. Styles slightly exceeding calyx lobes; stigmas capitate. Fruit maturing red, ovoid, ca. 8 × 6 mm, base rounded, apex rounded, glabrous; pyrenes compressed, ovoid, ca. 6 × 5 mm, with 2 shallow dorsal grooves, and 3 shallow ventral grooves, apex rounded. Fl. Mar-Apr, fr. May-Sep.