Longan, 'Biew Kiew' (Dimocarpus longan)

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The Biew Kiew Longan is a variety from Thailand that's well-suited for growing in subtropical regions with cooler winters. It has a supreme quality fruit with a stronger caramel flavor and smaller seed than most other Longan varieties.

Longan is a tropical fruit tree native to Asia and has been introduced to tropical and sub-tropical regions throughout the world. The delicious Longan fruit has a sweet butterscotch-like flavor and, when in season, is a staple fruit at Asian supermarkets and produce stands. 

All eyes on Longan trees! Longan is Mandarin for “dragon's eye,” and is commonly known as dragon eye fruit. When freshly peeled, the fruits look like fleshy, translucent eyeballs! Longan fruit is high in Vitamin C and Vitamin B. Longans also have high levels of polyphenols. Polyphenolic compounds like gallic acid help to eliminate stress-causing free radicals and toxic intermediates. Both the Longan fruit and the seed are used in traditional Chinese medicine.

Much like its close relative Lychee, the Longan's glossy, dark evergreen leaves emerge from its symmetrical branches, soaking up the sun and growing vigorously in any subtropical or tropical climate. Longan trees are beautiful in any landscape.  The fragrant creamy yellow flowers are held in panicles and are very attractive to pollinators. Longan fruit grows in large drooping clusters and, once fruiting, you will never be in short supply of this delicious summer treat.

Plant Type
Tropical/Subtropical Fruit Tree

Harvest Season
Mid-Summer, Fall

Mature Size
Can reach up to 40 ft. in home landscape.

Soil & Moisture
Deep, well-draining, fertile soil. Longan trees like consistent moisture but can also be quite drought tolerant once established!

Light Requirements
Full Sun, Part Shade

Self-Fertile
Yes

Growth Rate
Medium

Zone Hardiness
Outdoors 9-11; Patio/Greenhouse 4+. Longan trees can tolerate light frost.

Propagation
Our Longan Trees are Air-layered and ready to produce fruit within 1 or 2 years.

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All eyes on Longan trees! Longan is Mandarin for “dragon's eye,” and is commonly known as dragon eye fruit. When freshly peeled, the fruits look like fleshy, translucent eyeballs! 

Longan fruit is high in Vitamin C and Vitamin B. Longans also have high levels of polyphenols. Polyphenolic compounds like gallic acid help to eliminate stress-causing free radicals and toxic intermediates. Both the Longan fruit and the seed are used in traditional Chinese medicine.

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