The Mickey Mouse Tree is a small tree or shrub, typically about 3 - 7 feet tall, but can be pruned into a tree up to 20 feet tall. As a shrub it can become nearly as wide as tall. It has an upright growth form with a rounded or irregular dense crown and brown rough bark with raised light-colored dots. Leaves are shiny green, alternate, narrowly oval or elongated with finely toothed margins and 1 1/2 - 2 1/2 inches long. Flowers are fragrant yellow blossoms about 3/4 inch in diameter. Petals drop off soon after they bloom and 5 - 6 fruits grow attached to the sepals. As the fruit develops, the sepals enlarge and turn bright red and the 1/4 inch diameter fruits change from pale green to black. At that stage the fruit and sepals are said to resemble the face of the cartoon character mickey mouse. Bees and butterflies are attracted to the flowers and birds eat the fruit. Seeds and cuttings are used for propagation. The plant roots are used in traditional medicine. In cultivation, this plant is hardy and tolerant of a range of well- drained soil types. It is an attractive ornamental for its leaves and flowers/fruits and can be pruned into either a small tree, shrub or hedge, and makes a good windbreak. It is ideal specimen or accent plant for small gardens, patios and can be grown in a container. In the garden it should be considered an exotic invasive species colonizing roadsides and disturbed areas.