Shrubs 1-3.5 m tall; petioles and peduncles densely yellowish to brownish tomentose to nearly villous. Branchlets 4-angled. Petiole 1.5-12 cm; leaf blade broadly ovate or cordate, rarely ovate, 6-18 4-15 cm, villous especially on veins, base cordate to subtruncate, margin entire or sparsely mucronate-dentate, apex acuminate. Inflorescences terminal, subconical; peduncle robust, 1.5-11 cm; bracts leaflike, elliptic to ovate, 0.5-2.4 cm. Calyx green when young, ca. 1.3 cm, membranous, deeply 5-lobed, lobes ovate to broadly ovate. Corolla white or pinkish, outside puberulent; tube slender, ca. 2 cm; lobes obovate-oblong, 5-6 mm, reflexed. Stamens and style exserted. Fruiting calyx red. Drupes green when young, dark blue to black at maturity, subglobose, ca. 7 mm in diam. Fl. and fr. Apr-Oct.