A large evergreen tree that can grow up to more than 30m in height. Crown is dense, heavy, dark green in appearance. Bark is pale grey, flaky but becoming smooth in older trees. Flowers are greenish white, sweet smelling, occurs in clusters. Fruits are oblong (about 3cm), turning from green to brown, slight hairy, containing 2 seeds. The natural distribution of this species is interesting. It is found in Malesia, the Pacific as well as Central America. This Heritage Tree had a girth of 4.3m when measured in Year 2001.
These two Sea Beams stand at the lower slopes of Fort Canning Hill. The nearby Fort Canning Tunnel was the site of the former National Library, which was built in 1926, and relocated to Bras Brasah Road in 2004. The Sea Beams remain, standing tall amid changing landscapes. The Sea Beams can sometimes be seen in old images of the former National Library building location.