Shrubs low, to 50 cm tall, rarely taller; trunk stout, rooting. Branchlets russet; juvenile branchlets pilose, glabrescent. Buds ovoid, ca. 5 mm, glabrous. Petiole to 1.3 cm; leaf blade broadly obovate to orbicular-elliptic, 1.5-4 × 1.2-2.5 cm, abaxially grayish green, pruinose, pilose when young, glabrescent, adaxially dull green, shiny, pilose along midvein, base broadly cuneate, margin entire or sparsely glandular serrate, apex or both ends obtuse. Flowering coetaneous. Catkins terminal, terete, 1.5-3 cm, with leaflets at base; rachis pilose; bracts obovate, glabrous or sparsely ciliate, apex obtuse or subtruncate. Male flower: glands adaxial and abaxial; stamens 2, glabrous. Female flower: adaxial gland large, divided or entire, abaxial gland very small or absent; ovary ovoid, glabrous or pilose at base, sessile. Fl. Jun, fr. Aug.