The Cabbage Tree is a small to medium sized tree reaching a height of about 30 feet, with a many branched moderately dense crown. In the wild it tends to develop a swollen bottle-shaped trunk with smooth whitish to blackish bark, or sometimes multiple trunks. Leaves are green, alternate, pinnate and up to 22 inches long; leaflets are elliptical to ovate, 1 1/2 - 2 1/2 inches long. Flowers are fragrant with creamy pink sepals, white or yellow petals and white stamens, borne in long clusters up to 2 feet long. The numerous blooms are very attractive and about 2 inches in diameter. Fruits are long grooved, twisted pods, reddish grayish color, 10 - 25 inches long containing many seeds. Seeds are 1 1/2 x 3/4 inches with thin wings. Seeds are used for propagation. In east africa , the leaves and young fruits are eaten; leaves and pods are fed to livestock. The seed oil is edible and also used as a lubricant. The tree has several reputed medicinal uses. The trees may be managed and pruned for leaf production. The cabbage tree will grow in a range of soil types, from dry to wet, and is drought tolerant. Ornamental cultivation of this tree is appropriate for gardens and parks where an unusual specimen is desired, to display the attractive large lacy leaves and unusual fruit pods.