The tree grows 16 to 50 ft (5-15 m) tall and has a short trunk with thick and open, widespreading crown and pinkish-gray, flaking bark.
The opposite leaves are very aromatic when crushed, nearly sessile, elliptic-oblong, rounded or slightly cordate at the base, yellowish to dark bluish-green in color. Flowers, borne in drooping panicles of 3 to 30 at the branch tips or in smaller clusters in the axils of fallen leaves, are fragrant, yellowish-white with 4 petales and numerous stamens. The waxy fruit, usually light-red, sometimes greenish-white or cream-colored, is pear-shaped, narrow at the base, very broad, flattened and adorned with 4 fleshy calyx lobes at the apex. The skin is very thin, the flesh is white, spongy, dry to juicy, subacid and very bland in flavor. There may be 1 or 2 somewhat rounded seeds or no seeds at all.
(Morton, J. 1987. Fruits of Warm Climates.)