Guayacan is a large tree which can reach 120 feet in height, has a straight cylindrical trunk with stilt roots at the base and tan to gray furrowed bark. The crown is rounded, moderately open and with upright oblique branches. It is a valuable timber tree in central america with very hard wood. Leaves are large, green, glossy, opposite and palmate with 5-7 leaflets, up to 1 foot in length. Flowers borne in clusters of 2 or 3 on the branch when the tree is out of leaf; individual blooms are trumpet-shaped, 3-4 inches long. Flower color is yellow. Hummingbirds and insects are attracted to the flowers as pollinators. The fruits are cylindrical capsules, 1-2 feet long, containing winged seeds. Seeds or cuttings are used for propagation. Guayacan is adapted to a range of soil types, if they are well drained. As an ornamental tree, guayacan is a showy and outstanding plant when in flower. Because of its potential height, the tree should be planted in large open lawns or parks as a contrast to other plants or as a specimen. Tree size can be controlled by pruning.