Lophomyrtus bullata is an evergreen shrub, or small tree, up to 26 ft (8 m) high. The thick, leathery, glossy, blistered leaves are broad oval shaped, 1–2 in (2.5–5 cm) long. The cream white flowers are 0.5 in (1.2 cm) in diameter, summer, followed by dark reddish-purple (becoming black) berries. It is probably hardy to –8°C.
Lophomyrtus bullata is found in coastal and lowland forests of North Island and northern South Island, New Zealand. It is a member of the myrtle family.