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LYCHEE
Litchi chinensis

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Photo Locations: Kona, Kailua, Oahu, HI and Los Angeles County Arboretum - Arcadia, CA

General Notes

Lychee is a commonly grown, medium-sized fruit tree. The fruit can be eaten raw or cooked, and the fruit, seed and peel are used in traditional medicine. The tree can be grown as an ornamental shade tree, especially in areas where the fruit drop mess isn’t an issue. Litchi chinensis has a HPWRA (Hawai'i Pacific Weed Risk Assessment) score of -6 (Low Risk), and the Plant Pono link is: https://plantpono.org/pono-plants/litchi-chinensis/.

Native to Southern China.

Family: Sapindaceae

Tree Characteristics

Rounded Shape.

Has Evergreen foliage.

Height: 20 - 30 feet.

Width: 20 - 30 feet.

Growth Rate: 12 to 36 Inches per Year.

Leaves Pinnately Compound, Green, No Change, Evergreen.

Flowers Showy. Yellow. Flowers in Spring. Has perfect flowers (male and female parts in each flower).

Persistent, Red Berry, Medium (0.50 - 1.50 inches), fruiting in Summer Edible.

Bark Gray to Brown, Rough or Smooth.

Shading Capacity Rated as Dense to Very Dense in Leaf.

Litter Issue is Fruit and Leaves.

Tree Site Conditions & Constraints

Sunset Zones 21 - 24; H1, H2.

USDA Hardiness Zones 10 - 11.

Exposure Full Sun.

Well Drained Soil.

Clay, Loam or Sand Texture.

Acidic Soil pH.

Pests & Disease Information

Susceptible to Scales, Root Rot.

Health, Safety & Environmental Concerns

Root Damage Potential Rated as Low.

Special Uses & Values

Specimen, Container or Screen.

Hedged.

Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Litchi chinensis Tree Record." 1995-2020. Oct 27, 2020.
< https://selectree.calpoly.edu/tree-detail/litchi-chinensis >

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