It is a fast-growing evergreen low shrub with creeping branches. It reaches 30–40 centimeters (12–16 in) in height. Leaves are elliptical and leathery, with very fine tips and entire edges, about 8–20 millimeters (0.31–0.79 in) long. The surface is glossy and dark green while the underside is gray-green. The leaves turn purple in autumn. The fragrant flowers are usually single or 2-3 together in leaf axils. They are white with pink outer sides, about 4–5 millimeters (0.16–0.20 in) in diameter, with about twenty stamens and purple anthers. The flowering period extends from May through June. Fruits are bright red subglobose berries, about 6–7 millimeters (0.24–0.28 in) in diameter, remaining well into winter. The root system consists of finely branched and very shallow roots. The branches form roots at nodes when they touch the ground.