The purple trumpet tree is of moderate size, reaching 20 or more feet when mature. It has a globose open crown with upright branches, and rough brownish furrowed bark. Leaves are dark green, opposite, elliptical with slightly serrated edges; they are palmately compound typically with 5 leaflets and overall about 5 inches long. Flowers are borne in rounded clusters at branch ends; the blooms shades of pink with a yellow throat, 2-3 inches long by 2 inches wide. The fruit is narrow capsule containing winged seeds, up to 1 foot long. Hummingbirds, bees and other insects are attracted to and pollinate the flowers. The tree is propagated from seed or cuttings. Purple trumpet is also a timber tree in its native area, yielding dense hard wood (called ipe) used for structural beams and outdoor decks. The inner bark is used in herbal medicine preparations. In cultivation, purple trumpet will grow in any well-drained type of soil and is free of pests and diseases. Pruning improves the plant's appearance and is well-tolerated. As a landscape plant, purple trumpet is a very good tree for street sides, medians, parking lot islands and in parks and lawns, where it puts on its own flower show each year.