Like the durian and the santol, the mabolo is a Malayan fruit little known outside its native area. It is a medium-sized tree with oblong-acute leaves 4 to 8 inches long, shining above and pubescent beneath. The fruit is round or oblate in form, about 3 inches in diameter, with a thin, velvety, dull red skin, and whitish, aromatic, rather dry flesh which adheres to the four to eight large seeds. P. J. Wester writes: "There is also a variety, rarer than the red, with yellowish to light brown fruits, the flesh of which is cream colored and sweeter, and less astringent. Trees bearing regular crops of seedless fruits are known in the Philippines. The main season of the mabolo extends from June to September, but scattered fruits are found at practically all seasons of the year. It is of medium vigorous growth and makes a desirable ornamental shade tree. It is indigenous to the Philippines and is fairly well introduced throughout the eastern tropics." It is not cultivated in the West Indies or elsewhere in tropical America, although a few trees may have been planted in botanic gardens and private collections.