Brazil beautyleaf has an erect, cylindrical trunk and typically reaches a height of 45 feet, or more, and has a dense, rounded crown.
The thick bark is dark maroon to brownish, with thin furrows, peeling off in small rectangular flakes. The inner bark is reddish, aromatic and exudes a sticky yellowish latex.
Leaves are dark green above, paler below, opposite, elliptical to obovate, smooth and glossy, leathery and 2 - 4 1/2 x 1 1/2 - 2 1/2 inches.
Flowers are borne in inflorescences 3 - 4 inches long; the numerous aromatic white blooms are about 1/2 inch wide.
Fruits are rounded, green, maturing to brown and about 1 inch in diameter bearing a single seed; these are used for propagation and also serve as hog feed. The latex and bark have medicinal use.
The reddish-brown wood resembles mahogany and has similar uses. The tree in nature grows well in wet humid sites, but in cultivation also on sandy, limestone soils.
In landscaping it can be planted in various sites for its attractive evergreen foliage and showy flowers; it is also a good shade tree.