M. oleifera is a fast-growing, deciduous tree. The bark has a whitish-gray colour and is surrounded by thick cork. Young shoots have purplish or greenish-white, hairy bark. The tree has an open crown of drooping, fragile branches and the leaves build up a feathery foliage of tripinnate leaves. The flowers are fragrant and bisexual, surrounded by five unequal, thinly veined, yellowish-white petals.
- full sun
|Northwestern India, Tropical Africa, Tropical America, Sri Lanka, India, Mexico, Malabar, Malaysia and the Philippine Islands