Shrubs or trees up to 15 m. Leaves elliptic to oblong, 4-15(-21) by 2.5-8 cm, base cuneate to rounded, entire (rarely faintly toothed), apex obtuse to acute, usually shortly acuminate, coriaceous, with 6-12 pairs of secondary nerves which are usually not well distinguishable from stronger tertiary ones, venation widely reticulate, glabrous or with few hairs when young. Stipules triangular, up to 2 by 1 mm, early caducous. Inflorescence up to 7(-12) cm long, branched up to the 4th order, with up to 12 or more spreading branches of the first order, the lower ones often in axils of leaves and up to 8(-10) cm long, all rachises up to the 0-7 mm long pedicels short-hairy or glabrous. Flowers fragrant. Sepals triangular, obtuse, (0.5-) 0.8-l(-1.5) by 1-2 mm. Petals (sub)orbicular, 2.5-4 by 2-4 mm, white. Stamens 17-21, filaments up to 2.5(-4) mm, glabrous, anthers 0.5-0.8 mm long. Ovary usually hairy on the exposed top, 2- (rarely 3-)celled, styles up to 3 mm, usually shortly to halfway connate. Fruits subglobular, 4-8 by 3.5-6.5 mm, upper part of hypanthium and sepals closely appressed against top, exocarp red, mesocarp fleshy, endocarp hard, bony. Seeds usually 2 per cell, ovoid, up to 4 mm long, with hard, brown, glabrous testa, endosperm thin.
The species has in various ways been divided into varieties, see discussion in . The two varieties as accepted here, certainly have no phylogenetic value whatsoever.
Photinia integrifolia in Trans. Linn. Soc. Lond. 13: 103. 1821
- Type: Wqllich 669.