The European plum (Prunus domestica L.) is a plant of the rose family (Rosaceae) whose fruits are also known as plums. They originated in Asia, especially in the Caucasus region, and were later cultivated in Syria, especially in Damascus. The Romans brought the fruit to the whole of Europe. The plum tree grows 3-8 metres high, depending on the variety. The flowers are mostly white and appear in spring. The oval fruits ripen from June to the end of September, depending on the variety. All plum varieties contain a seed inside that is not edible. Some varieties are native to Asia, others to Europe or America. It is grown all over the world and especially in Europe.