Verawood is a moderate size tree typically 40 - 50 feet tall, but in the wild can be taller. It has an erect, slender straight trunk, free of branches for 15 - 20 feet. It has a spreading, dense, finely branched crown, which can be wider than the tree is tall. Leaves are pinnate, even, opposite, olive green, to 5 inches in length with 7 - 14 pairs of leaflets. Flowers are borne in terminal clusters; blooms are large, 5-petaled, about 3 inches across, golden yellow and very showy. Fruits consist of 5 broadly winged capsules, each with a single seed. Seed propagation is said to be difficult. Verawood is tolerant of poor soils, but they should be well drained. Young plants need watering and pruning to form a single trunk and shape the crown. It is a valuable timber tree. The wood is greenish-brown in color, very dense, durable, self-lubricating, is aromatic and has multiple uses, such as for tool handles. Verawood is a very attractive tropical flowering tree with brilliant yellow flowers present for several months. Landscaping applications include under power lines, as a specimen, accent or shade tree in a small yard or park, and along streets if set back to allow for its spreading habit. Verawood is related to the guaiacum lignum vitae.