It is a tree, native to the tropical regions of Europe and then it was introduced to the warm areas of America. It is a tree that can reach 15 m. in height. Flowers are small, or a white-greenish color, and drupaceous fruits of 3 to 7 cm. that acquire a greenish yellow color as they mature. Propagation occurs by seed and the plant tends to grow rapidly. Roots are superficial.
The fact that it is a tall and leafy tree makes is ideal for shading courtyards and terraces. On the contrary, it is not recommended for streets and sidewalks because of its superficial system of roots.