Stately, erect tree with smooth, brown bark. Young shoots are covered with fine, brown hairs. Broad, leathery, olive-green leaves are heavily-veined and glossy. Prefers moist soil and tolerates light to medium frosts. Wood pigeons adore the large, purple berries in autumn. Evergreen tree that grows at a moderate rate to reach 8m (H) x 6m (W) in 10 years.