Commonly known as swamp mahogany. It grows in swampy or waterlogged soils, and grows up to 30 m (100 ft) high. With thick spongy reddish brown bark and dark green broad leaves, it forms form a dense canopy.
The white to cream flowers appear in autumn and winter. The leaves are commonly eaten by insects, and is a primary food species for the koala on the North Coast. It is an important winter-flowering species in eastern Australia.