A lesser-known relative of the very popular royal poinciana is the white variety, a small to medium-sized deciduous tree, 8-45 feet tall, with a rounded, spreading crown and drooping branches. The trunk is usually crooked, has a poor form and ash-colored bark. The delicate, green, fern-like leaves are bipinnate, 2-8 inches long, with 4-8 pairs of primary leaflets, 1 1/2 - 2 1/2 inches long, and linear-oblong secondary leaflets each about 1/2 inch long. The tree is briefly deciduous. Flowers are borne in clusters at the branch ends, each with a hairy stalk just over an inch long. The petals are white to pale yellow in stark contrast to the dark-colored stamens extending several inches beyond the petals. Bees are attracted as pollinators. Fruits are broad, smooth red-brown pods, narrow at both ends, 5-9 inches long, containing 4-8 seeds which are used for propagation. A multipurpose tree in its native areas; leaves and seeds are edible; the wood is used to make utensils, for carving and fuelwood; roots, bark, gum and leaves provide traditional medicines; pods to fed livestock. The tree prefers well-drained soils, and even tolerates rocky terrain. White poinciana's delicate leaves and perpetual showy flowers, make it a fine specimen or accent tree in gardens and parks for shade, street sides and in a xerophytic garden tree. Planted in a row, white poinciana can serve as a living fence, boundary or barrier.