Flame of the Forest is a medium-sized deciduous tree growing to a maximum of 45 feet, although typically smaller, commonly with a crooked, twisted trunk and irregular branches and rough gray bark. The crown is irregular but rounded. Leaves have three leaflets (trifoliate) are thick, velvety, pale green and 4-8 inches wide. Flowers are borne in clusters about 6 inches long with blooms about 1 inch long of vivid bright orange red, attracting birds and insects. Flowering occurs after the leaves have been shed in the dry season providing a spectacular show. Fruit pods have a fine hairy surface, first green, then becoming yellow brown when ripe, 6-8 inches long, containing flat brown seeds, which are used for propagation. The tree has a long history of use in asia, providing timber, fuel, resin, fodder, medicines and dye. Flame of the forest will grow in a variety of soil types, from dry to saline to waterlogged. This is one of the exceptional flowering trees, it is ideal as a specimen or accent in a garden, in large planters or public open spaces.