Aegle marmelos, commonly known as bael , also Bengal quince, golden apple, Japanese bitter orange, stone apple or wood apple, is a species of tree native to the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia. It is present in India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Thailand, and Malesia as a naturalized species. The tree is considered to be sacred by Hindus. Bael is the only member of the monotypic genus Aegle. It is a deciduous shrub or small to medium-sized tree, up to 13 m tall with slender drooping branches and rather open, irregular crown.