Longan (Dragon Eye Tree)

The Longan is a very close relative of the Lychee. The fruit are typically the size of a quarter, and they have a brown leathery shell that contains what looks like a peeled grape with a single seed. The fruit are sweet, with a pleasant aroma, and they taste like a nutty grape.

Dimocarpus longana ‘BIEW KIEUW’
Height: 10ft
Minimum Temp Tolerated: 26F
Notes:
A variety from Thailand that is well suited to the subtropics as it requires cool winters to flower well. This variety is a consistent, heavy cropper with good quality fruits. July-Sept.

Dimocarpus longana ‘DIAMOND RIVER’
Height: 10ft
Minimum Temp Tolerated: 26F
Notes:
A tropical Longan from Thailand, has more reliable production with tropical temperatures. It bears delicious fruit that is refreshing and musky sweet. It resembles an eyeball, as the flesh is translucent white, encasing a shiny black seed. The shell is papery brown and easy to peel when mature. The fruit needs to ripen on the tree, as it doesn’t ripen further when picked. Aug-Sept.

Dimocarpus longana ‘KOHALA’
Height: 10ft
Minimum Temp Tolerated: 26F
Notes:
Large fruit with an aromatic sweet to spicy taste. Early season heavy cropping variety. Thrives in well drained soil in full sun. Blooms Feb-April fruits July-Sept. The peel will be a deep tan, but the best ripeness indicator is pulp sweetness. Does not ripen after picking. Store in a plastic bag in the fridge for 5-7 days.

Dimocarpus longana ‘SRI CHOMPOO’
Height: 10ft
Minimum Temp Tolerated: 26F
Notes:
Superior variety with pinkish fruit, it can be pruned to maintain a small tree size. This Lychee relative has stiffer leaves, more wind resistance and fruits more prolifically and regularly than its famous cousin. The flesh is sweet and is usually eaten fresh but can be canned or dried. The crisp skin is easy to remove and the white flesh has a texture and sweetness reminiscent of Lychee.

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