Shrubs, climbing, 2-10 m. Spines present, ca. 1.5 cm. Petiole ca. 1.5 cm, densely red-brown scaly; leaf blade abaxially gray with brown speckles, adaxially drying grayish green, elliptic, 8-16 × 2.2-6 cm, papery, abaxially with scales gray-white, often with brown center, circular with regularly fimbriate-ciliate margin, adaxially with scales dark brown, soon restricted to base of midrib, lateral veins 5 or 6 per side of midrib, slender, raised and brown abaxially, slightly raised adaxially, base rounded to broadly cuneate, margin entire, apex acuminate. Flowers 1 or 2 per axil. Pedicel brown, 6-7 mm. Flowers outside with dense silvery brown scales. Calyx tube tubular-obconic, 8-9 mm, abruptly widening below lobes; lobes triangular-ovate, 5.5-6 × ca. 3.5 mm, inside densely stellate-hairy, apex acuminate. Drupe narrowly ellipsoid, conspicuously 8-ribbed, brown villous. Fl. Oct-Nov, fr. Mar.

Elaeagnus sarmentosa seeds