A sprawling evergreen shrub or tree with leathery, almost round leaves with red veins. The flowers are fragrant, inconspicuous, and yellowish-green to white on slender racemes. The fruit turns from red to purple as it ripens one grape at a time.
Wildlife – The ripe fruit falling on the ground is attractive to bees. Birds feed on the fruit.
The ripe fruit is edible raw. It makes excellent jelly and is also used to flavor meat.
Bark from this tree has been used as a febrifuge (a substance to reduce fever). The red wood has been used for fuel and in cabinet making.