Medium to large tree in the Ebenaceae (and thus related to ebony and persimmon). It is native to the Philippines and produces velvety, reddish fruits that have a sweet, slightly mealy taste, rather dry like a peach. It is often used as a compliment with other fruits in salads. It is best suited for the tropics and frost free warm temperate areas, USDA zone 10 and above, and ideally for a monsoon climate with distinct wet and dry seasons. Although it is commonly cultivated in the Philippines and some parts of Southeast Asia, the fruit is little cultivated in other tropical areas perhaps because of lack of propagation material. The tree is easily grown from seeds and will start to bear in as little as 6 years.