Yellow elder is a small tree or shrub, taking its common name from the resemblance of its foliage to the elderberry shrub; it is native to tropical american scrublands and dry forest and is naturalized in florida. As a tree, it grows to 25 feet or more and is densely branched forming an oval crown and has light brown bark. It bears bright green opposite compound pinnate leaves, sharp-toothed and lance-shaped, 4-8 inches long; sharply pointed oval leaflets measure 2-3 inches. Petioles are very short. Flowers are trumpet-shaped and sunshine yellow, 1-2 inches long and hanging in showy cluster at branch tips and forks. Fruits are long dry, hard, stringbean-like pods (4-8 inches long) that hang in vertical clusters. Propagation by either seed or cuttings is easily done. The plant has a role in herbal medicine. Yellow elder grows well on any kind of well-drained soils; it has no pests or diseases of concern, but is sensitive to frost. In landscaping, it can be grown as a colorful border or screen, in parking lot islands and medians. It has somewhat weedy growth and does require pruning, especially if the tree form is desired.