This evergreen grows tall in Tuscan woods, but in the south more often remains a shrub; it bears pale waxy flowers in clusters in autumn, simultaneously with rich scarlet-orange fruits. These fruits are edible en passant and a delight to birds. Used in Catalonia for liqueurs.
In the Salentine dialect the name of the tree is urmeculu.
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