Fruit Information for Lychee


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Common Name: Lychee Scientific Name: Litchi chinensis
Other Names: Litchi, Leechee, Lichee, Lichi.
PH Range: between 5.5 and 7.5, doing best at the low end of this spectrum. Salt Tolerance: ???
Cold Tolerance: Damaged at 29 F, Killed at 27 F. Mature trees can withstand down to 25 F. Young trees are killed by light frosts. Soil Type: Well drained soil that is rich in organic matter.
Size: 40 ft. high Varieties: Amboina, Bengal, Brewster, Groff, Hak ip, Kwa Luk, Mauritius, No Mai Tsze, Tai Tsao
Comments: Native to Southern China. They require seasonal temperature variations for best flowering and fruiting. A certain amount of winter chilling is necessary for flower bud development. Most varieties need between 100 and 200 hours of standard chilling (32° - 45° F). The fruit must be allowed to fully ripe on the tree. Lychees can be stored up to 5 weeks in the refrigerator. They can also be frozen or dried. They do start to deteriorate within 3 days at room temperature.

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