Upright or rounded shrub to 4 metres high. Smaller branches often hairy. ‘Leaves’ (phyllodes) generally oval-shaped, sometimes ending in a slight point, usually < 4 centimetres long. Leaves are often hairy and have a greyish appearance. The bright yellow flower heads are produced along the stem at the bases of the phyllodes. These give way to long (up to 7 cm) pods which are dark at maturity.