Pseudowintera colorata is an evergreen, bushy shrub, which grows up to 7 ft (2 m) tall. The oval, leathery leaves are 0.5–3 in (1.2–7.5 cm) long, above green-yellow, marked and edged with red; beneath they are greyish. The small flowers are yellow-green; spring. Fairly hardy in the UK.
Pseudowintera colorata is commonly found in lowland to high mountain forests, in North Island, from Auckland southwards, and throughout South Island and Stewart Island, New Zealand. Also called horopito or pepper tree. Used medicinally by the Maori.