Sabicu is a medium to large-sized tree growing to 35 feet or more, with gray-brown scaly bark peeling off in strips. It has an upright but weeping, moderately dense, irregular crown. Sabicu can also grow as a shrub. Leaves are delicate, green, alternate, pinnate, 4-8 inches long with 2-4 pairs of primary leaflets each bearing 3-7 secondary leaflets which are oval or obovate in shape, rounded at the tip and about 1/2 - 1 inch long. New leaves have a reddish color. Flowers are white or greenish white, borne in tight heads about 5/8 inch in diameter and resembling a powder puff. The blooms have long showy stamens. Fruits are elliptical or oval pods, brownish, 2 1/2 - 5 x 3/4 - 1 1/2 inches, containing multiple flattened seeds, used for propagation. Sabicu sapwood has a dense, durable, dark red color resembling true mahogany (or horseflesh), but more dense and hard; the wood is used for boatbuilding, furniture and carving. Specific growth requirements of sabicu are not available but data from the closely-related and similar wild tamarind (lysiloma latisiliquim), native to the florida keys and bahamas, suggests sabicu is tolerant of a range of well-drained soils. In landscaping, sabicu's delicate foliage and attractive blooms make it a good choice tree for the seaside, street and specimen tree, and civic center plantings, as well as in large planters and xerophytic gardens. It is also a popular bonsai plant.