Litchi chinensis /Lychee

Litchi chinensis  / Litchi chinensis
A small tree in a southern California botanical garden
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A small tree in a southern California botanical garden


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Scientific Name: Litchi chinensis
Common Name: Lychee
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 10, 11 Determine Your Zone
Height: 20-30 feet
Spread: 10 - 15 feet
Bloom time: Spring
Flower color: White, Green, Yellow
Fruit present: Summer
Fruit color: Pink, Red
Light Exposure: Sun, Morning sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist
Rate of Growth: Slow
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Comments: Lychee has been grown for its edible fruit in China for many centuries. It is a tropical and subtropical fruit native to China and now cultivated in many part of the world. The fresh fruit has a delicate, white pulp with a perfume flavor that is eaten fresh because the flavor is lost in canning. The red or pink fruit are about two inches long and a little over one inch across. This fruit is eaten in many dessert dishes, especially in China.