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Lychee, (Litchi chinensis), also spelled litchi or lychee, an evergreen tree of the soapberry family (Sapindaceae), cultivated for its edible fruit.

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Lychee, (Litchi chinensis), also spelled litchi or lychee, an evergreen tree of the soapberry family (Sapindaceae), cultivated for its edible fruit.

Lychee is native to Southeast Asia and has been a favourite fruit of the Cantonese since ancient times. The fruit is usually eaten fresh, but it can also be canned or dried. The taste of the fresh pulp is aromatic and musky, and the dried pulp is sour and very sweet.

Lychee is of local importance in much of Southeast Asia and is grown commercially in China and India. It was introduced to the Western world when it arrived in Jamaica in 1775. The first lychee fruits in Florida - where the tree has achieved commercial importance - are said to have ripened in 1916. To a lesser extent, the tree has been cultivated in the Mediterranean, South Africa and Hawaii.

The lychee develops a compact crown of bright green foliage throughout the year. The leaves are compound, consisting of two to four pairs of elliptic or lanceolate leaflets 50 to 75 mm long. The small, inconspicuous flowers are borne in loose, diverse terminal racemes or panicles, sometimes reaching 30 cm in length. The fruits are oval to round, strawberry-red and about 25 mm in diameter. The brittle outer covering encloses a translucent white fleshy aril and a large seed.

The tree is propagated by seed and by air layering, in which a branch is made to produce roots while still attached to the parent plant. When moved to a permanent orchard, lychee plants are placed 7.5-10.5 metres apart. They require very little pruning and no unusual attention, although they must have plenty of moisture around the roots most of the time. Trees come into production between three and five years of age.

5987

Lychee, (Litchi chinensis), also spelled litchi or lychee, an evergreen tree of the soapberry family (Sapindaceae), cultivated for its edible fruit.

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