The Leopard Tree is of moderate size, reaching 40 or more feet in height in nature. The trunk is typically short, branching close to the base, and forms a broad, open, flat-topped crown. The bark is the most attractive feature of the tree; it is dark brown, off-white and green, a pattern caused by bark peeling off in patches, resembling the spots of a leopard. The wood is dense and durable and a substitute for brazilian rosewood. Leaves are bipinnate, mid-green, oval and 6-7 inches long. New leaves have a rusty brown color. The flowers are yellow, borne in terminal or axillary inflorescences; individual blooms are tiny and bell-shaped. Fruits are hard, flat, brown pod with several seeds. The tree is propagated from seed. In cultivation, the tree prefers well-drained sandy soils; it is frost sensitive. It develops an aggressive root system so should not be planted close to buildings. The chief attraction of the leopard tree is it unusual bark; it can be a shade, specimen or accent tree in parks or large gardens, along sidewalks and in above ground planters. It responds well to pruning and is a popular bonsai plant.