The pacific almond is a ubiquitous tropical tree most often found growing in coastal areas. A deciduous tree it reaches 30 or more feet in height with spreading horizontal, slightly drooping branches arranged in tiers giving the crown a pagado-like shape. Branches are prone to breakage . The leaves are large (12 x 6 inches), obovate, glossy green and leathery, changing to shades of red, yellow or purple in the cool season before falling. New leaves appear quickly. Flowers are inconspicuous blossoms borne in terminal clusters about 6 inches long; they are greenish white in color and aromatic. Fruits are oval in shape, 1-3 inches long, tan colored, dry and hard with a thin, edible green to purple flesh, rich in tannins; the large almond-like seed is edible. Seed is used for propagation. Fruit bats carry the fruits away and act as seed dispersers. One theory about the tiered branch habit of the tree is to facilitate bat entry for pollination and fruit dispersal. In cultivation, pacific almond is a hardy tree and grows well in any well-drained soil, but is frost sensitive; it benefits from pruning. It is a striking shade tree with its leaves changing color and unusal crown shape. It is a good light shade tree for gardens or parks; it is best grown away from sidewalks and patios as the tannin-rich litter from the leaves and fruits can stain walkways and parked cars.