Small tree with upright main branch creating a narrow ovate crown. Grows slower than the A. incana and forms a compact crown. The trunk is orange brown and the young twigs are strikingly yellow to orange, in winter also orange brown. In contrast to A. glutinosa, A. incana does not have sticky parts. The alternate leaves are ovoid and acuminate and have toothed margins. The underside is hairy to tomentose. The spring colour is strikingly yellow, in summer the leaf turns to light green. This tree is much more common than the A. glutinosa 'Aurea' that also has yellow leaves. The strobiles appear from September onwards and give the tree a decorative look all winter. The tree has a deep rooting main root, but remains more shallow than the A. glutinosa. Intolerant to hard surfaces.