LONGAN

The Longan (Dragon Eye Tree) 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.

VARIETIES

DIMOCARPUS LONGANA: BIEW KIEUW
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Pre-order: 3 Gal - $125
Sunlight: FullGrowth Rate: MediumDrought Tolerance: No
Full Size (WxH): 4m x 3mIdeal Min Temp: 10'C (50'F)Min Temp Tolerated: 5'C (41'F)
Fruit Colour: Light Beige/Brown/GreenHarvest: July-SeptYear(s) to bear fruit: 3-4
Prop. Method: GraftedFertility: Self, better with second varietyChill Hours Required: 150 hrs below 10'C (50'F)
Description: 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.
DIMOCARPUS LONGANA: DIAMOND RIVER
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Pre-order: None at this time
Sunlight: FullGrowth Rate: MediumDrought Tolerance: No
Full Size (WxH): 4m x 3mIdeal Min Temp: 15'C (59'F)Min Temp Tolerated: 10'C (50'F)
Fruit Colour: Papery BrownHarvest: Aug-SeptYear(s) to bear fruit: 3-4
Prop. Method: GraftedFertility: Self, better with second varietyChill Hours Required: Natural cycles of lower temps and shorter days.
Description: 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.
DIMOCARPUS LONGANA: KOHALA
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Pre-order: 3 Gal - $120
Sunlight: FullGrowth Rate: MediumDrought Tolerance: No
Full Size (WxH): 4m x 3mIdeal Min Temp: 15'C (59'F)Min Temp Tolerated: 5'C (41'F)
Fruit Colour: Deep TanHarvest: July-SeptYear(s) to bear fruit: 3-4
Prop. Method: Grafted/SeedFertility: Self, better with second varietyChill Hours Required: 100 hrs below 10'C (50'F)
Description: 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
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Pre-order: 3 Gal - $125
Sunlight: FullGrowth Rate: MediumDrought Tolerance: No
Full Size (WxH): 4m x 3mIdeal Min Temp: 15'C (59'F)Min Temp Tolerated: 5'C (41'F)
Fruit Colour: Light beige/brownHarvest: July-SeptYear(s) to bear fruit: 3-4
Prop. Method: Grafted/SeedFertility: Self, better with second varietyChill Hours Required: 100 hrs below 10'C (50'F)
Description: 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 Litchi.

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