The opposite leaves of Tabernaemontana elegans, a semi-deciduous tree, are densely together near the branch tips, usually falling at the end of winter or early spring. The petiole is thick, 1 cm to 2,5 cm long. Short-lived leaf stipules are joined into a small sheath.
The leaf-shape is oblong to elliptic, the apex broadly tapering to an acutely pointed tip, sometimes attenuated and the base tapering. The blade is leathery, glossy and bright to dark green above, notably paler below, the leaves hairless. The leaf tends to curve down slightly along its length. The leaf margin is entire. Leaf dimensions are 9 cm to 20 cm long by 5 cm to 7 cm wide.
The leaf midrib is conspicuous, cream-coloured. Straight lateral veins emerge from the midrib, curving forward abruptly near the margins. The lateral veins are fairly evenly spaced and mostly paired or nearly so. Venation is prominent on the lower leaf surface (Coates Palgrave, 2002; Schmidt, et al, 2002; Van Wyk and Van Wyk, 1997; Pooley, 1993).