Ixora chinensis is a multi-stemmed, erect, evergreen shrub growing up to 2 metres tall, but more commonly less than 1 metre. The plant is harvested for local medicinal use. It is widely cultivated as an ornamental, valued especially for its long-lasting flowers.
A decoction of the root is used after childbirth. A decoction is used against bronchial disorders. An infusion of the fresh flowers is said to be a remedy against incipient tuberculosis and haemorrhage. A decoction is prescribed in the treatment of amenorrhoea and hypertension. An infusion of leaves or flowers is used against headache.