Large tree with a somewhat pyramidal crown, becoming round with age. Many branches with grey bark. Simple, obovate leaves, pointed at the tips, dark green above and pale green below. White flowers, slightly fragrant, with slightly downturned petals and flushed pink at the base. Blooms in spring, but only once the tree has been established for several years. Blooms appear before leaves open. Pink fruit with red seeds. Limited, shallow root system.