Golden Penda is a medium-sized rainforest shrub which may grow into a 40 ft tree in its natural environment but is usually smaller in cultivation. Leaves are glossy green and lance-shaped to about 6 inches long. The flowers occur in clusters near the ends of the branches and are bright yellow and very conspicuous. The stamens are the principal feature of the flowers. Flowering occurs in summer and autumn.
This is a very desirable garden plant for warmer climates in a sunny position in moist, well drained soils. It responds well to pruning and may be kept to large shrub proportions if pruned annually. In sub-tropical and tropical areas it flowers reliably and often within 2 years from seed.