It is a deciduous shrub or small tree, growing up to 8 to 10 m. The leaves are oblong & broadly elliptic. The leaves, borne alternately along the stems, are dark green above, grayish and hairy beneath. The species is dioecious with male and female flowers on separate plants.
The flowers are soft silky and silvery, catkins are produced in early spring before the new leaves appear. The male catkins are pinkish-gray, with conspicuous yellow anthers, the female catkins are smaller & pale green. The fruit is a small capsule long containing numerous minute seeds embedded in fine, cottony hairs. The seeds are very small with the fine hairs aiding dispersal, they require bare soil to germinate.
*above specification are indicative only. actual dimensions may vary by +-10%