Roanwood trees are similar to sequoias, except that the branches are closer to the ground (30 feet or so) and far larger, for the roanwood is a hardwood. As the name implies, the bark of the tree is speckled gray and reddish-brown. Specimens over 150 feet tall have been found. Roanwoods have fan-shaped leaves about one-foot long. The wood and grain of the tree are such that it is used for fine furniture, interiors, or carving. Where hardness and strength are desired, hickory, bronzewood, oak and like woods are typically used.