Clammy Cherry is a medium sized deciduous tree, about 10 m high, the girth of trunk of a full bearing tree being 75.5 cm, branchlets hairless, wood soft, light grey, no heartwood.
Leaves are alternate, entire to slightly toothed and hairless, but may be more or less rough when full grown, variable in shape, from elliptic-lance shaped to broad ovate, often with a rounded or heart-shaped base, basal nerves 3, rarely 5, blade, leaf-stalks 2.5-5 cm long.
The inflorescence is at branch-ends or an in leaf-axils cyme, which almost resembling to a biparous cyme. It has 14 flowers per cluster. Fruit is a drupe, 1.3-2.5 cm long.
The fruits are edible and used as pickle.
The mucilaginous substance of the fruit can be used as a gum for pasting sheets of paper and cardboard.