A much branched, sometimes scandent, unarmed shrub. Branches subterete or obtusely 4-sided, glabrous, greenish, at length whitish, patent. Leaves ovate or oval, obtusely acuminate or attenuate-acute, rather unequal and obtuse, usually rounded or somewhat hollowed at the base, coriaceous, glabrous or nearly so, rather paler beneath, 1 1/2–4 1/2 by 1–2 1/4 in.; lateral veins about 6–8 pairs, sometimes rather hairy in the axils; petiole 1/5– 1/2 in., glabrous; stipules lanceolate-subulate from a broad base, glabrate, 1/6– 1/4 in., caducous or subpersistent. Flowers 1/5– 1/4 in. long, 5–4-merous, white, on hispidulous pedicels of 1/12– 1/3 in., many together in dense dichotomous panicles of 1–2 in. diameter.; common peduncle 1/5– 2/3 in., hispidulous or glabrate; bracteoles ovate or lanceolate, acute, small, ciliolate. Calyx-tube hispidulous or nearly glabrous, campanulate-turbinate; limb dentate; teeth small, ciliolate. Corolla-throat pubescent; lobes subobtuse. Disk somewhat hairy. Stigma calyptriform, much exserted; style pubescent (except the variety). Fruit didymous or dimidiate, 3/8– 1/2 in. long; albumen ruminated; embryo nearly straight.
Straggling shrub 10-30 ft. high; flowers white.