Shrub to 1m or tall tree up to 10m tall (rarely taller) and 80cm d.b.h., bole clear to 12m, branching from near the base forming a massive flat-topped spreading crown. Bark with deep fissures, exfoliating forming irregular patches, grey when mature
Leaves (mature) almost opposite, almost sphere-shaped, 4‒8.5 x 1.5‒5cm leathery, multiveined, glabrous, apex truncate or sometimes notched, pale green or glaucous.
Male pollen-cones axillary, solitary, cylindrical, peduncles thick (4‒20mm), 3‒5 x 1.0‒1.5cm, subtended by two leaf-like bracts and 4‒5 pairs of overlapping rounded bract scales. Female seed-cones solitary, globose, 1.6‒2.0 x 2.0‒2.6cm , green or glaucous green, brown when mature. Seeds 9‒11 x 7‒11mm, with two unequal wings.