An evergreen shrub or small bushy tree with smooth, gray bark. The thin, light-green leaves have translucent mid-veins and thickened, wavy margins. The small flowers are tubular-shaped with a greenish-yellow or purplish calyx and no petals. The fruit is hot pink if growing in full sun and may be red when growing in the shade.
Wildlife – Various birds feed on the fruits.
The specific epithet refers to the two surfaces of the leaves being unlike in color. The berries are edible and the wood is useful.