Hebe ochracea forms an erect, flat-topped, evergreen shrub, about 48 in (125 cm) high in 20 years. The foliage is brown and closely covers the arching branches. In late spring to early summer it has white flowers at the branch tips. A hebe hardy in the UK.
The species has been largely superseded in gardens by James Stirling, the slower growing form . Hebe ochracea has been confused with Hebe armstrongii, which has yellow-green foliage. Hebe ochracea is found the mountains of western Nelson, in the north of the South Island, New Zealand.