|Evergreen tree or shrub. It is multi-stemmed with smooth grayish brown bark. The glossy leaves are between 2 to 12 inches long with undulating margins, dark green on the upper sides, light green to brown and fuzzy below. Flowers usually white or cream colored, intensely fragrant, 6 to 12 inches wide. The outer seed coat is red to orange, occasionally yellow, providing fall interest. Does not tolerate wet soil and does best in partial shade. Easily propagated by seed.