Parkinsonia Aculeata is a semi-evergreen, drought and cold deciduous, flowering, sparsely foliated, erect, a perennial tree with an open canopy, often with a short trunk. Sometimes multiple stemmed, with a smooth green bark which turns rough and grey-green as it matures, spiny twigs, narrow leaves, bipinnate very tiny leaflets.
Flowers are yellow, numerous, growing in long clusters, appearing in spring until early summer. Fruits are linear pods hanging in clusters. Also known as Cercidium aculeata. Noted as reaching 10mm tall with a spread of 8m and a 40cm trunk diameter in its native habitat.