Dwarf Tamarillo is a shrub (or rarely a small tree) usually growing 1-3 m tall. Its stems and leaf undersides are densely covered with tiny matted hairs and its alternately arranged leaves are borne on stalks 5-10 cm or more long. These leaves (10-22 cm long and 8-17 cm wide) are heart-shaped in outline with pointed tips and entire margins. Their upper surfaces are usually dark green while their undersides are greenish-white in colour. At the base of each leaf stalk is a pair of small, stalkless, leafy structures 15-30 mm long and 10-30 mm wide.The white flowers are borne in clusters at or near the tips of the branches, with each cluster usually containing about 20 flowers (rarely up to 50).