Lychee, litchi, Litchi chinensis
||High (10-12 hours)
||Medium (2-3x week)
||25" x 25"
Spelled both "litchi" and "lychee," this attractive fruit tree is a must for every South Florida edible landscape. It is particularly handsome, forming a symmetrical, rounded canopy of dark green, glossy, evergreen leaves. New leaves are an attractive bronze-red. In a landscape setting the tree will reach dimensions of about 25' tall and wide, making it useful as a wonderful shade or specimen tree.
Small yellow flowers appear in drooping, foot-long panicles in early spring and are followed by clusters of delicious, 1.5" diameter fruit in late June and July. When ripe, the warty outer surface of the fruit turns bright red and becomes brittle. Easily peeled, the interior sweet, juicy, white flesh surrounds a single, large, glossy brown seed. The trees are quite decorative when laden with fruit.
The tree may be located near a patio, in a shrub border, or as an accent in the lawn. The thick canopy also makes it well-suited as a screen. Spaced 20-30' apart, they make a nice median or boulevard tree in areas where fruit litter is not a problem.
Easily grown in full sun on deep, fertile, well-drained soil, lychee should be located where it can be protected from strong winds. The dense canopy can catch the wind and the tree can topple over in strong wind. Proper thinning can help prevent this. Plants should receive regular watering and fertilization, as iron deficiency can show in alkaline soil. Lychee appreciates regular irrigation during dry weather but is otherwise low-maintenance.
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