Evergreen Mediterranean shrub of the Oleaceae family that can grow to more than 9 m. Whitish, smooth branches, although the young ones are covered with hairs. The leaves are born facing each other, of an intense green color on the upper side and lighter on the underside, with a serrated or entire edge and an oval shape and with well visible and somewhat protruding lateral nerves. The flowers are small, greenish-white, and are borne in tight axillary clusters. The fruit is a globose drupe the size of a black pea with one or two seeds. It flowers in spring and the fruits ripen in autumn. The most common style is the informal upright (Moyogi) although it fits many others.