LYCHEE

VARIETIES

LITCHI CHINENSIS: BREWSTER
BREWSTER
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Sunlight: FullGrowth Rate: VigorousDrought Tolerance: No
Full Size (WxH): 3m x 2mIdeal Min Temp: 10'C (50'F)Min Temp Tolerated: 0'C (32'F)
Fruit Colour: Deep RedHarvest: June-JulyYear(s) to bear fruit: 3-4
Prop. Method: Grafted/LayeredFertility: Self, better with second varietyChill Hours Required: 100 hrs below 10'C (50'F)
Description: One of the most extensively planted commercial varieties in Florida. The fruit is large, deep red, and of excellent eating quality. A vigorous upright grower and like many Lychee, it tends to be an alternate bearer producing good crops every two out of three years.
LITCHI CHINENSIS: CALCUTIA
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Sunlight: Part to FullGrowth Rate: CompactDrought Tolerance: No
Full Size (WxH): 2m x 2mIdeal Min Temp: 15'C (59'F)Min Temp Tolerated: 5'C (41'F)
Fruit Colour: Deep RedHarvest: June-JulyYear(s) to bear fruit: 2-3
Prop. Method: GraftedFertility: Self, better with second varietyChill Hours Required: Natural cycles of lower temps and shorter days.
Description: This well-known cultivar from India is late bearing and produces a rather large fruit, of about 22g, with a deep red colour. It is a very good producer but is (thankfully) not vigorous, so it stays rather low and wide.
LITCHI CHINENSIS: EARLY LARGE RED
EARLY LARGE RED
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Sunlight: FullGrowth Rate: MediumDrought Tolerance: No
Full Size (WxH): 3m x 2mIdeal Min Temp: 10'C (50'F)Min Temp Tolerated: 5'C (41'F)
Fruit Colour: Pink/Crimson, with Green areasHarvest: June-JulyYear(s) to bear fruit: 3-4
Prop. Method: Grafted/LayeredFertility: Self, better with second varietyChill Hours Required: 100 hrs below 10'C (50'F)
Description: Has a fruit slightly more than 2.5cm (1") long, usually obliquely heart-shaped, crimson, with green interspaces, very rough, skin very firm and leathery, adhering slightly to the flesh. Flesh greyish-white, firm, sweet and flavourful. It is a moderate alternate bearer, early in season.
LITCHI CHINENSIS: EMPEROR
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Sunlight: FullGrowth Rate: CompactDrought Tolerance: No
Full Size (WxH): 3m x 2mIdeal Min Temp: 10'C (50'F)Min Temp Tolerated: 5'C (41'F)
Fruit Colour: Orange-RedHarvest: June-JulyYear(s) to bear fruit: 3-4
Prop. Method: Grafted/LayeredFertility: Self, better with second varietyChill Hours Required: 100 hrs below 10'C (50'F)
Description: Emperor is the largest of the Lychee fruits achieving golf ball size, and it often produces aborted "chicken tongue" seeds. The tree is a slow, compact grower that produces every three out of four years, it is not a mainstream commercial variety.
LITCHI CHINENSIS: HAKIP
HAKIP
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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: Darker RedHarvest: June-JulyYear(s) to bear fruit: 3-4
Prop. Method: GraftedFertility: Self, better with second varChill Hours Required: 100 hrs below 10'C (50'F)
Description: HaKip is arguably the ideal lychee in that it embodies all of the desirable characteristics that growers and aficionados desire: large size, great flavour, a tiny seed and darker red colouration.
LITCHI CHINENSIS: KAIMANA
KAIMANA
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Sunlight: Part to FullGrowth Rate: MediumDrought Tolerance: No
Full Size (WxH): 3m x 2mIdeal Min Temp: 10'C (50'F)Min Temp Tolerated: 5'C (41'F)
Fruit Colour: Leathery Pink to RedHarvest: June-AugYear(s) to bear fruit: 2-3
Prop. Method: GraftedFertility: Self, better with second varietyChill Hours Required: 100 hrs below 10'C (50'F)
Description: One of the best tasting large Lychee, has been cultivated for thousands of years. The tree has a medium size reaching up to 2-3 m (6-8 ft). Its fruit is smooth, aromatic and juicy inside the thin, rough, slightly spiky and leathery pink to red shell. Rich in vitamin C and is available mainly in mid-summer. Eaten fresh, used in fruit salads, also bottled, canned, frozen and dried (lychee nuts). "Kaimana" has a large fruit, deep-red, of high quality, and the tree is a regular bearer. It needs cool winters, with temperatures below 12'C.
LITCHI CHINENSIS: KWAI MAI PINK
KWAI MAI PINK
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Sunlight: FullGrowth Rate: MediumDrought Tolerance: No
Full Size (WxH): 3m x 2mIdeal Min Temp: 10'C (50'F)Min Temp Tolerated: 0'C (32'F)
Fruit Colour: Greenish-PinkHarvest: July-SeptYear(s) to bear fruit: 2-3
Prop. Method: Grafted/LayeredFertility: Self, better with second varietyChill Hours Required: 100 hrs below 10'C (50'F)
Description: Kwai Mai Pink is called the "cold-hardy" lychee tree. This Chinese lychee variety is able to bear fruits in cooler locations and fruits in late-summer. Leaves are smaller than in other varieties. Fruits are not too large, greenish-pink and quality is very good.
LITCHI CHINENSIS: MAURITIUS
MAURITIUS
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Sunlight: FullGrowth Rate: MediumDrought Tolerance: No
Full Size (WxH): 3m x 2mIdeal Min Temp: 10'C (50'F)Min Temp Tolerated: 0'C (32'F)
Fruit Colour: Pink to RedHarvest: June-JulyYear(s) to bear fruit: 3-4
Prop. Method: Grafted/LayeredFertility: Self, better with second varietyChill Hours Required: 100 hrs below 10'C (50'F)
Description: Tai-So or Hong Huey or Hong Huay or Da Zao & Tai Tsao. Originating in southern China, but it is named for the island off the southeast coast of Africa where extensive commercial plantings have been in production for decades. It is a regular and heavy producer. The fruit is sweet, pink to red, and produces chicken tongue seeds in about one out of ten fruit.
LITCHI CHINENSIS: SWEETHEART
SWEETHEART
In stock: None at this time
Sunlight: FullGrowth Rate: MediumDrought Tolerance: No
Full Size (WxH): 3m x 2mIdeal Min Temp: 10'C (50'F)Min Temp Tolerated: 5'C (41'F)
Fruit Colour: Orange-RedHarvest: June-JulyYear(s) to bear fruit: 3-4
Prop. Method: Grafted/LayeredFertility: Self, better with second varietyChill Hours Required: 100 hrs below 10'C (50'F)
Description: Hands down the finest Lychee. It is a consistent producer of huge heart shaped fruit all having chicken tongue seeds. Production is close to that of Mauritius, inspiring growers targeting high-end produce markets and gourmet restaurants. It is quickly becoming the choice of home garden growers for its reliability and superior quality.

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