Native of southern Europe where it is still cultivated as a fruit crop in some countries. A slow growing and ultimately quite large tree (approx 15m) which can live to a great age. It is similar in apearance to our native Rowan. Fruit is red-brown in colour and spotted. They should only be consumed once "bletted" or after it has been touched by frost. In France the fruit is used for making a form of perry or dried like prunes.