Usually a much-branched scrambling shrub, rarely a small tree. Leaves obovate to elliptic-oblong, produced on short lateral branchlets, giving the impression of compound leaves. Flowers in clusters on short axillary branchlets, small, yellowish-green, sexes separate on the same plant, flowering before the new leaves. Female flowers solitary along very thin branchlets appearing as racemes. Fruit berry-like, 3-4 mm, red to purple-black when ripe.
FZ 9(4) implies that this is a native species in divisions E and S. However, in division C, it is well-naturalised in the Botanic Gardens and in the neighbouring grounds of St George's College, probably an escape originally from the Botanic Gardens. See Note 1 for further information.