It is such a scraggly looking tree! It's small ... it only grows to around 4-10 metres high ... with rough, grey, slightly fissured bark.
The leaves are egg-shaped or spatula-shaped, tapering to the base, shiny light green above, dull beneath, and are rather soft and leathery to the touch. This tree is deciduous in the 'dry' season and the leaves turn rusty-orange before falling.
The flowering period is from late spring (September) through the summer (December to February). While each flower is truly outstanding, the flowering tree is really not that spectacular. Only a few flowers are produced at a time and you have to be 'in the know' to spot them as they open in the evening and fall by the next morning leaving a carpet of flowers on the ground.
Flowers are large, white and fleshy with numerous long pink and white stamens.
The common name ... Cocky Apple ... came about because the fruit is readily eaten by cockatoos and looks a little like a green apple. While the Cocky Apple tree is very, very common in the bushland here, you won't find this tree in any nursery ... it has never been cultivated for the nursery market. You will have to visit my part of the world to catch a glimpse of this unusual specimen.