A tall, narrow, evergreen tree or shrub with long, straight largely unbranched stems.
The very base may be bare but the rest is covered in leaves, dense at the top.
The leaves, on short stalks, are arranged in a spiral.
They are spoon-shaped with a long narrow base and an expanded end with a tapering tip.
They are a glossy, mid-green with prominent veins.
Inflorescences are axillary with a cluster of flowers at the end of a long stalk.
Flowers appear throughout the year.
Flowers are white with a small yellow centre.
Hybrids come with variegated leaves or pink flowers.