Jamaican Rain Tree is a small tree growing to about 20-30 feet tall and bears long, drooping branches, exhibits a slender growth habit and has gray, rough bark. Leaves are green, compound, whorled, obovate, small, waxy and smooth textured. As its name suggests, this tree blooms just after a rain event, producing a short inflorescence of tiny bright yellow pea-shaped flowers, which attract bees. Fruits are thin two-jointed pods about 1 inch long and containing multiple seeds, which are used for propagation. This tree is a valuable tropical hardwood, known in the trade as cocus wood, which it is very durable and has a history of use in making musical instruments such as flutes. Little information has been published about its growth requirements, but its native habitat of scrublands suggests it requires well-drained soils. The spectacular flowering habit of this small tree makes it popular in any garden setting, on the seaside, as an accent tree, courtyard, large planter, median strip and xerophytic collection. It also makes an excellent bonsai plant.