Large bushy shrub or a small size tree with dense, light green, fine foliage. It has been used medicinally in South East Asia for ages. The root of the plant is a remedy for indigestion whereas the bark is used for chest problems and rheumatism. Young plants are very susceptible to damage from frosts and cold winds, and they must be sheltered against extremes for at least the first 2-3 years, wherafter they can withstand mild frosts.
If the trees are to be planted in a typically cold area, they will require a sunny, sheltered spot, preferably behind a screen, wall or in the wake of larger trees.