The kassod tree is an evergreen growing up to 60 feet tall with a short, straight trunk covered with grey or light brown bark, smooth but becoming slightly fissured with age. The crown is typically dense and rounded when the tree is young, but becomes irregular and spreading with drooping branches as it matures. It develops a deep dense root system. Leaves are alternate, compound pinnate, 9-13 inches long, with 6-12 pairs of slender leaflets on short stalks, which are oblong, rounded and 1 - 2 1/2 x 1/2 - 3/4 inches. Flower clusters are upright, borne at branch ends, 8-12 inches in length bearing numerous yellow blooms 1 1/4 inch across. Fruits are long, narrow, dark brown flat pods 2 -10 inches long containing numerous bean-like seeds, which are used for propagation. Kassod wood is black-brown, hard and durable and has various uses as posts, beams, as well as in cabinetry. The leaves and bark contain tannin. In south asia, young fruits and leaves are consumed as vegetables after being cooked in water to remove toxins. Ruminant livestock eat the leaves and pods. The tree prefers deep well-drained soils where the roots can access groundwater. The tree is used for erosion control, land reclamation and in intercropping. As an ornamental, the foliage and colorful flowers make it a desirable accent or specimen tree, or it cab be pruned to form a hedge.