A fast-growing evergreen tree with steeply ascending stems and branches. As the tree matures the smaller branches droop to give a graceful, weeping habit.
Leaves up to 15cm long and 5cm wide are deeply incised and serrated. The adult form is light glossy green above and paler on the undersides.
White scented, star-shaped flowers up to 2.5cm wide appear in late summer and autumn. Can grow up to 8m tall by 6m wide.