Litchi chinensis
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Litchi chinensis

ly chee

  family sapindaceae 
  genus litchi 

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Genus  Litchi Species  chinensis Variety  Cultivar  Common names  lychee   litchee   ly chee Family  SAPINDACEAE Specimen number  S2640 Data source  GrUnFr p195
Life cycle
Life form  Terrestrial Life cycle  Various Life span    Annual cycle  Evergreen Stature  Tree Growth form  Various Growth habit  Not applicable Overall height  35' - 40' Overall spread   
Sunshine  Various Water  Various Optimal soil texture  Various Acceptable soil pH  Various USDA hardiness  Not classified 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 
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  The fruit is 1 1/2 inch long, oval shaped, covered with small knobby warts; it has green colored skin usually turning red or yellow when ripe surrounding a juicy translucent flesh. Its nutritional value includes vitamin C. Among its many possible uses in the kitchen, Litchi chinensis is often used in sweets and as syrup. Lychee (sometimes called litchee) is most frequently used dried. Litchi chinensis is called ly chee in Chinese.
Traditional uses
Parts used  Traditional uses  Contemporary uses  Fragrance  Fragrance parts  Fragrance intensity    Fragrance category    Dye parts  Dye color 
Propagule  Cutting   Layering Pollination method  Self fertile Planting style    Crop spacing    Row spacing    Cold frame  Planting period    Harvesting period    Frost tolerance  Very tender Heat requirement    Fertilizer  Typical Time to harvest 
Is edible  yes Culinary uses  Sweets   Dried   Syrup Nutritional value  Vitamin C Edible parts  Fruit Description of edible parts 1 1/2 inch long, oval shaped, covered with small knobby warts; it has green colored skin usually turning red or yellow when ripe surrounding a juicy translucent flesh Flavor / texture 
Horticulture notes  No special fertilization is necessary for Litchi chinensis to produce fruit. It is very tender and will die on the first cold night. Lychee (in some places called litchee) is often propagated using a cutting or by layering. This plant most likely originates from Southern China.
Tag needs printing  no Collection notes  Litchi chinensis is evergreen.

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Last reviewed November 01, 2004   


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