The Marula tree is probably one of the most famous trees in Africa. Widespread, the tree can be found from Ethiopia to Kwazulu Natal as they grow in various types of woodlands with sandy, loamy soils. The singled stem tree with a wide spreading crown can grow to a height of 18 m and is characterised by a grey, mottled bark. The deciduous Marula produces flowers from September to November and bear fruit from January to March. Best known for the light yellowed skinned fruit, these edible delicacies are prized by human and animals alike. The succulent fruit is very high in vitamin C and has a tart, distinctive flavour. The nuts are also rich in vitamins and minerals adding to the value of the Marula as a nutritional resource in rural areas. The fruit is used to produce jams, juices and alcoholic beverages. Many parts of the tree are used in traditional medicinal remedies. The leaves are chewed to reduce heartburn, oil from the nuts is used in skin treatments and the bark is effective as a treatment for stomach upsets.