Hovenia dulcis
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Hovenia dulcis

Japanese raisintree
raisin tree
kenpo nashi
chichao li

  family rhamnaceae 
  genus hovenia 

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Genus  Hovenia Species  dulcis Variety  Cultivar  Common names  Japanese raisintree   raisin tree   kenpo nashi   chichao li Family  RHAMNACEAE Specimen number  S10387 Data source  UnFruit pp95-100
Life cycle
Life form  Terrestrial Life cycle  Woody perennial Life span  5 - 20 years Annual cycle  Deciduous Stature  Tree Growth form  Various Growth habit  Not applicable Overall height    Overall spread   
Sunshine  Various Water  Various Optimal soil texture  Various Acceptable soil pH  Various USDA hardiness  USDA zones 06a-09b AHS heat zones  Not classified Sunset climate zones  Not classified
Suitable for gardens  no Nursery  Unknown Compost  no Size at acquisition  Unknown Garden location  Unknown Garden notes  Hovenia dulcis can survive cold winters where the average annual low is -10� Fahrenheit. Hovenia dulcis is known as kenpo nashi in Japanese and chichao li in Chinese.
Special qualities
Tolerates drought  no Tolerates high humidity  no Tolerates seaside conditions  no Insect resistant  no Disease resistant  no Deer resistant  no Best uses    Symbiosis  Attracts butterflies  no Attracts hummingbirds  no Autumn foliage  no Colorful berries  no Desirable qualities    Other interest    Other interest color  Other interest period   
Adverse factors
Common pests  Poisonous parts  Poisonous indications  Internal poison  no Dermatologic poison  no Livestock poison  no Mechanical injury  no Hay fever pollen    Hay fever season    Adverse qualities   
Herbal medicine
Medicinal properties  Medicinal parts  Has medicinal uses  no Do not self-administer  no Do no use if pregnant  no Legally restricted  no Toxicity precautions  Medicinal notes  It has shriveled peduncles that are sweet like pears but with a light astringency. Hovenia dulcis is most frequently used fresh.
Traditional uses
Parts used  Traditional uses  Contemporary uses  Fragrance  Fragrance parts  Fragrance intensity    Fragrance category    Dye parts  Dye color 
Propagule  Various Pollination method  Self fertile Planting style  Orchard Crop spacing    Row spacing    Cold frame  Planting period    Harvesting period  Sep 01 - Nov 30 Frost tolerance    Heat requirement    Fertilizer  Typical Time to harvest 
Is edible  yes Culinary uses  Fresh Nutritional value  Edible parts  Fruit Description of edible parts Flavor / texture  has shriveled peduncles that are sweet like pears but with a light astringency
Horticulture notes  No special fertilization is necessary for Hovenia dulcis to produce fruit. Harvesting can begin in September and continue through November.
Tag needs printing  no Collection notes  Hovenia dulcis is a woody perennial. Raisin tree (locally known in some parts as Japanese raisintree) is deciduous in nature.

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Last reviewed November 01, 2004   


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