The Marula is a handsome, spreading tree of wooded savannah, and belongs to the mango (Anacardiaceae) family. It favours sandy soils in the warmer, eastern parts of the continent, where it may grow up to 15 metres in height.
Few African trees are held in such high esteem by indigenous peoples, for the Marula has a multitude of uses in terms of diet and culture. The abundant crop of fruit - high in vitamin C - is the source of jelly and jam as well as the basis for a potent liquor. This has been commercialised in recent times as 'Amarula Cream' - one of South Africa's most successful exports.