Terminalia sericea is a small deciduous tree with reddish-brown branches. The leaves are crowded at the ends of branches, blue-green above, paler below and densely covered in silvery hairs. It flowers mostly in September–January. The flowers are in axillary spikes and are pale yellow to creamy white. The silvery leaves make this small tree exceptionally beautiful. Plant in a sandy soil and protect from frost when young.