Copperpod resembles the closely related yellow poinciana, peltophorum dubium, (see separate description), but has less showy flowers and is not as graceful a tree. Copperpod reaches a height of 40 feet and has an open, upright, umbrella-shaped crown spreading as wide as the tree is tall. The stems and twigs are covered with a rusty-red hair. The leaves are delicate, alternate, bipinnate, green about 2 feet long with 8-20 pairs of oblong feathery leaflets each 3/4 inch long. Flowers are borne in upright clusters which smother the canopy in a showy yellow blanket of fragrant blooms. Individual blooms are 1- 1 1/2 inches in diameter. The fruit is an elongated, dry, hard pod 3-6 inches long and ripening to a wine-red coppery color, containing several seeds, which are used for propagation. In asia, copperpod wood has several uses including cabinet-making; leaves and pods are fed to livestock. The tree can grow in a range of soil types, providing they are well-drained. It benefits from pruning to achieve and maintain a desirable shape. Copperpod is a popular landscape tree, providing dappled shade, and is suitable for parks and gardens for accent, along streets and avenues, in parking lots, as well as in xerophytic gardens. The tree generates a moderate quantity of litter.