Velvet apple is a rather slow-growing, evergreen tree. It varies inhabit from a small, straggly tree with drooping branches.
Mabolo is a medium-sized tree growing to a height of 20 meters. Leaves are leathery. The blade is glossy green, smooth above, and softly hairy below. A rather slow-growing tree. Its edible fruit has a skin covered in a fine, velvety fur which is usually reddish-brown. The pulp is edible.
The fruit hairs have to be rubbed off before eating as it can cause peri-oral itching and irritation.