A dense, many-branched, spreading shrub, often reaching (and sometimes exceeding) 1 metre in height and 2 metres in width. Growth form and leaf characteristics vary considerably between populations. Young leaves may appear almost white, while mature leaves are silvery or grey-green. Leaves are woolly to the touch and roughly triangular or arrow-like (hastate). Inconspicuous silvery flowers are followed by large red or pink fruits. In some populations, these fruits give off a noticeable ërotting fishí odour. Each fruit contains a single seed.