Gliricidia is a small to medium-sized flowering tree considered to be an excellent multipurpose nitrogen-fixing and soil-improving species. It can grow to a height of 30 feet, but is typically smaller; it is spineless, carries many branches and has a spreading crown. Leaves are usually alternate, pinnate and up to 12 inches long; leaflets are ovate to elliptic in shape and measure 1-3 x 3/4 -1 1/4 inches. Flowers are borne on branch ends as erect clusters 2-6 inches long, with 20-40 showy round blooms, pink to lilac colored and tinged with white. Many insects are attracted to the flowers. Fruits are dry, hard pods, green maturing to yellow-brown, up to 6 inches long and containing 4-10 round brown seeds, used for propagation, along with cuttings. Gliricidia is adapted to a wide range of well-drained soils. In the tropics, it is grown for livestock forage and shade, living fence posts, green manure, honey, medicinal products and fuelwood, and often as an agroforestry species with food crops. As a landscape plant, it is an attractive flowering and shade tree in gardens and parks, can be pruned as a hedge, and is suitable in land reclamation and xerophytic gardens.