Phandar trees had numerous curving branches sprouting from a knobby trunk. The branches faced away from the wind, meaning that a group of phandars almost always pointed the same direction. Phandar leaves were triangular and mottled green. Phandar trees were said to resemble ropers.
Because of its strength, phandar wood was an excellent building material. It was also used in the crafting of bows, tools, and weapon handles. Its multicolored grains made it prized in jewelry making.