It is found along the streets, in squares and gardens for its foliage and attractive flowers. The bark is used to cure injuries and it has been said to possess antidepressant effects. In the traditional Chinese medicine it is believed to nourish the heart and calm the spirit. The seeds are used as a fodder for wildlife and livestock. The sweet-scented flowers are a good nectar source for honeybees.
Deciduous tree growing to 3-6m tall with a broad crown. Attractive and scented fluffy pink flowers in summer. Colour of the flowers vary from cream-coloured to pale pink. Dark-green leaves.
Adapts to any deep, sandy and light soils under hot climates. When young the tree needs to be wateredwhen soil dries but once it is older it tolerates summer drought.
Place the seeds in boiling water for 5 seconds and immediately after transfer to running water with ice cubes in it. Soak for 24h and then proceed to the sowing maintaining temperatures of 15ºC night/25ºC day until the germination is completed.