A large, evergreen shrub or small tree that is originally native to southeastern China but has been cultivated in Japan for more than 1000 years and elsewhere in warm temperate climates since its more recent introduction. It is popular for its tasty, abricot-like fruits but also as an ornamental with large, dark green leaves that are pale wooly underneath. The small, white flowers are sweetly scented. Despite its rather tropical look it is quite hardy to cold and suitable to USDA Zones 7 to 11. It is very easy and rewarding to grow. Propagation from the large seeds is quick but grafted plants usually produce better fruit quality.