Tipuana is a medium to large tree with a dense flat crown and a spreading growth habit, sometimes growing wider than tall. It has a gray fissured bark. The leaves are opposite, compound pinnate, 10 inches long, divided into numerous rounded leaflets 1 - 3 inches in length. Flowers are borne in elongated clusters 2 - 4 inches long borne at upper leaf forks and branch tips; blooms are golden yellow, pea-shaped, abundant and carpet the ground beneath the tree. The flowers attract bees. Fruits are winged samaras, unique among the legume trees, resembling maple tree fruits, containing a single seed, used for propagation. The tree yields good reddish timber and the foliage is fed to cattle. Tipuana is hardy, tolerant of a wide range of soil types, if well-drained, and is frost tolerant. Because of its potential large size and spreading root system it is best planted away from structures. The attractive foliage and flowers, and fast growth rate, make it a popular garden and park shade tree, street tree, as a windbreak and in large containers.