This species is an elegant, slow-growing small tree. It has serrated, green, pinnate leaves and branches which droop at the ends creating a slight weeping effect. The foliage turns bronze to gold in autumn and is held on the tree until quite late in the season. In summer, chains of bright yellow flowers are produced, followed by papery lantern-like seed pods which hang from the tree in large clusters. In maturity, the grey-brown bark will develop furrows. Also in maturity, the tree becomes more rounded in shape with an overall flat canopy and gnarled appearance.