European Nettle Tree – Micocoulier
The leaves of this tree look so similar to the leaves of nettles, hence the name. It grows 15-20 m tall. The flowers are rather small, male and female on the same tree, single or in clusters. The autumn fruits have long been a favourite of the children in Provence and having tried them I can just see them pulling off bunches on their way to school. They are rather small but, for such a small berry, they have a distinguishing, sweet taste.
Bibliography: Gabrielle Wellesley, telling us the story about Provençal children; Celtis australis – Wikipedia.