Vangueria parvifolia is a bushy, much-branched, small tree or rounded shrub with light brown stems. The leaves are light green and densely covered with woolly hairs, clustered on dwarf, lateral branchlets, the leaf margins are slightly wavy or curled. Small creamy-green flowers are borne during Spring and summer. They are clustered in the space between the stem and leaves. The plant is often found on rocky ridges, hillsides or koppies.
The fruit of Vangueria parvifolia is edible with a sourish taste. Due to its size, it is suitable to the smaller garden.