Shrubs or small trees, deciduous, to 5 m tall. Bark light brown. Branchlets gray-brown or black-brown, yellow or yellow-brown stellate-tomentose; branchlets of previous year purple-brownish, terete, glabrous or with yellowish brown hairs, with dispersed, small, rounded lenticels. Winter buds ovoid, with 2 pairs of separate scales; scales dark yellow or yellow-brown stellate-tomentose. Leaves always opposite, not clustered at apices of branchlets; stipules absent; petiole green, slender, 5-15 mm, dark yellow or yellow-brown stellate-tomentose; leaf blade yellowish green when young, broadly ovate or rhombic-ovate, 4-7(-9) × 2.5-5 cm, papery to thickly papery, abaxially densely stellate-pubescent, adaxially with dispersed red-brown glandular dots, stellate-pubescent or forklike pubescent, midvein raised abaxially, lateral veins 5-7(-9)-jugate, pinnate, straight or slightly arched, branched, ending in teeth, raised abaxially, slightly impressed adaxially, veinlets transverse, inconspicuous on both surfaces, not lobed, base rounded to obtuse or broadly cuneate, rarely cuneate, with 0 or 1 circular gland on both sides of midvein near base, margin often denticulate except at base, apex obtuse or shortly acute to shortly acuminate. Flowers appearing after leaves; inflorescence a compound umbel-like cyme, terminal or at apices of lateral branchlets, with a pair of leaves, 3-8 cm in diam.; rays whorled; first node of inflorescence usually with 5 rays, lax, densely dark yellow or yellow-brown stellate-tomentose, without large sterile radiant flowers; peduncle 1-3.5 cm or very rarely nearly absent; bracts and bracteoles deciduous, leaflike, green, lanceolate, hairy. Flowers on rays of 3rd and 4th orders, not fragrant, sessile or shortly pedicellate. Calyx yellowish green; tube obconical, ca. 1.5 mm, dark yellow or yellow-brown stellate-tomentose; lobes triangular, ca. 0.5 mm, stellate-pubescent, apex obtuse. Corolla white, rotate, (3.5-)4-5 mm in diam., outside stellate pubescent; tube ca. 1 mm; lobes spreading, ovate, ca. 1.5 mm, exceeding tube, apex rounded, margin entire. Stamens equaling or slightly exceeding corolla, inserted at base of corolla; filaments ca. 2 mm; anthers yellow-whitish, suborbicular, small, ca. 1 mm. Styles exceeding calyx lobes; stigmas capitate. Fruit maturing red, ovoid, 6-7 mm, base rounded, apex rounded, glabrous; pyrenes compressed, ovoid, ca. 6 × 4 mm, with 1 dorsal groove and 2 ventral grooves, apex rounded. Fl. Apr-May, fr. Oct-Nov.