It has a straight bole and a large, round but often sparse canopy.
The leaves are opposite, and palmately compound with usually five leaflets.
The bark is brownish gray in color, tough, and hard to peel.
Tea which is used as a tonic can be made from the inner bark.
The plant is used in the treatment of a wide range of conditions such as wounds, fevers, dysentery, chronic degenerative diseases, cancers, inflammatory diseases, fungal infections, skin conditions, etc.
The wood is yellowish in color, vary tough and heavy. It is ideal for heavy construction, railway sleepers, bridges, posts and poles, etc.