Somewhat similar to V. davidii except larger in habit and not as compact. Leaves are long and narrow (4-6" long and 1-2½" wide) and very leathery with 3 distinct veins running the entire length. Attractive reddish-brown branches and greenish-pink to red petioles. Inflorescence is rather open, displaying off-white odorless flowers. Although fruits are reportedly turquoise-blue, they are seldom ever seen.
Leaves will burn if not sheltered from winter sun and winds. Performs better in the south than V. davidii. The large evergreen leaves provide a nice textural contrast in the shade garden.