The flame tree is of medium to large size, typically about 60 feet tall, but can be much taller under ideal natural conditions. The bark is attractive, grayish, often with yellow flecks and smooth; the crown is pyramidal or rounded, moderately dense and variably spreading. Leaves are bright green, glossy, palmate in shape (resembling maple leaves) but variable, up to 8 inches long and deciduous in the dry season. Flowering takes placce when the tree is bare; the showy brilliant red, cup-shaped blooms are about 1 inch wide and borne at branch ends. The fruit is a woody pod, pointed at both ends, about 4 inches long and containing up to 12 yellow seeds; the pods contain irritating hairs which should be avoided. Seeds and cuttings can be used for propagation. Toasted seeds are edible. In cultivation, the flame tree is tolerant of most well-drained soils. Young trees benefit from pruning to maintain a dominant leader. In landscaping, flame tree is a spectacular plant for public open spaces, civic center, an accent in a garden, street tree and in large planters. It can also be grown as a bonsai plant.