Evergreen shrub or broadly conical tree up to 12m high. Dark green, shiny leavers tapering at both ends and usually wavy margins at the end of the branches. Fragrant white flowers in terminal clusters from August to September. Showy, orange turning brown capsules.
It is an upright, straggly, woody deciduous or semi-evergreen shrub 2–3 meters (6 ft 7 in–9 ft 10 in) tall with one or more brittle green stems. Light green leaves are alternate and shiny green to 12 cm (5 in) long, giving off a foul rubbery smell when crushed. It has sprays of small, fragrant, tubular yellow-green flowers approximately 2.5 cm long on the ends of the stems, flowering from late spring to autumn. These produce clusters of small, black egg shaped berries during summer to autumn.
Deciduous or evergreen shrub to 2m high, main stem woody, exuting brownish latex. Leaves are reddish- brown or purplish- green, deeply 3-5 lobed, leaf margins and petioles glandular- hairy, 60- 100 x 80- 140 mm. Flowers are red, petals 4 x 2 mm in branching inflorescences to 115 mm long. Fruits are green turning brown, 3 lobed capsules, c. 10 mm long, splitting to release 3 light brown seeds c. 7 mm long.
The dwarf umbrella is an evergreen tree with dark green leaves that fan out into an umbrella form, which makes it ideal for use as a bonsai with a dense canopy. It is often used in forest plantings. The leaflets are arranged in a whorl around the leaf stem, giving the plant its common name. The number of leaflets increases as the plant ages.