The silk tree's common name is applied to several different species; the albizia silk tree is a medium to tall tree which in the wild may achieve 90 feet in height and develop a thick trunk. The trunk is straight, the bark green to yellowish, peeling off in thick scales leaving scars. New twigs are shiny and greenish or yellowish. The crown is wide and rounded. Leaves are green to yellow colored, alternate, bipinnate the small leaflets linear, shiny and about 3/8 inch long. Flowers are borne on stems forming a head of fragrant, white blooms, attracting insects and hummingbirds. The fruits are thin pods, 2-6 inches long, brown to yellowish brown with many seeds, which are used for propagation. The wood has numerous indoor and outdoor uses, including fuel. The bark and roots have medicinal uses. The tree favors sandy well-drained soils in cultivation. The tree's attractive form, feathery foliage and flower heads makes it a good choice for shade and as a specimen or accent tree in large gardens or parks.