Litchi chinensis (Sapindaceae family) 

Origin: China
Fruiting season: May – July
Height: medium to large tree (30 – 80 ft)
Relatives: rambutan, longan

Lychee originated in China where it has been cultivated for over 

2000 years. It is one of Hawaii’s most popular fruits and ‘Kaimana’ one of the most popular varieties due to its consistent bearing habits, large fruit size and great taste. 

Lychee fruits vary in shape from round to heart-shaped, and measure approximately 2” in diameter. The tree produces clusters of fruit, maturing from green to a stunning bright reddish-pink color. These beautiful trees thrive in well-drained, slightly acidic soils rich in organic matter and mulch.

The fruit has a rough textured, leathery skin which is easy to remove. Inside lies a juicy, translucent flesh surrounding a single black seed attached only at one end. The fruit texture is grape-like and the taste is light and floral with notes of jasmine and rose. These highly fragrant, juicy treasures leave an unforgettable taste in your mouth.

Lychee Fruit
Lychee hanging on tree