Attractive small fruit tree, sometimes a shrub that is much-branched, long-living, and deciduous. The green leaves are opposite, leathery, and glossy. The small, lanceolate leaf is red when sprouting, and turns a characteristic yellow before exfoliation. The flower is bright red, large, prominent and beautiful. The apple-like, edible fruit is at first green, and later basically yellow more or less overlaid with light or deep pink or rich red. The decorative fruit has a tough, leathery rind.