Lychee 'Brewster' (Litchi chinensis)

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Brewster Lychee is a tropical/subtropical fruit tree with a reliable nature to fruit and flower, making it great for a home or commercial landscape.The Brewster Lychee fruit has one of the best flavors, with the small trade-off of a slightly larger inner seed. Like other Lychee varieties, Brewster Lychee fruit has a unique purple-red outer shell and translucent flesh and texture of a grape and a sweet slightly tangy flavor.

The cultivation of Lychee in China dates so far back that historians have yet to track down a truly wild species of it. Brewster Lychee is the second-most cultivated Litchi tree in the United States, perfectly adapted to the long Floridian growing season. It was introduced by an American missionary to China, Rev. William N. Brewster, hence the name, but the Chen Purple Lychee is the parent tree. 

Plant Type
Subtropical Evergreen Fruit Tree

Harvest Season
Late Spring, Summer

Mature Size
Up to 20-40 ft tall with an equally wide canopy. Very easy and fun to prune and maintain at smaller sizes and are well-suited for container growing.

Soil & Moisture
Good drainage, rich soil, and irrigation are essential for the early success of this tree. Well-draining soil is essential for Lychee tree growth and they do very well planted on mounds to promote drainage. Requires regular watering until well-established. Increase watering during flowering and fruiting season. Does not like standing water or too much salinity. 

Light Requirements
Full Sun, Part Shade

Self-Fertile
Yes

Growth Rate
Fast

Zone Hardiness
Outdoors 9-11; Patio/Greenhouse 4+

Mature Lychee trees are cold tolerant to at least 26 degrees.

Propagation
Our Lychee trees are air-layered and ready to produce within 1 or 2 years.

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Benefits of Growing Lychee Trees

Lychee fruit is an amazing source of antioxidants, Vitamin C, Vitamin B phytonutrient flavonoids, manganese, magnesium, copper, iron and folate.  

Eat fruit straight from the tree once ripe, shake up a Lychee juice cocktail, or use dried or deyhydrated Lychee fruit for a naturally sweet and healthy out of season snack.

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