A large native forest tree which can grow to over 60 m tall in its natural setting, its leaves are rather broad and in whorls of five to eight.
The tree is partly or wholly deciduous. If you look down on the forest, Jelutong trees may be often recognised from their huge lofty crowns, commonly raised above the rest of the canopy. The crown is very unlike the Pulai (Alstonia angustiloba), being dense and dome-like, comprising many ascending limbs, each of which ends in a conical head of foliage resembling a minaret.
The latex tapped from the Jelutong is called gutta jelutong, and was once commonly used as the base for producing chewing gum. The wood of the Jelutong can be used to manufacture wood-cased pencils.