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Growing Zones: 4-11 patio / 9-11 outdoors

Growing Zones 9-11 outdoors
This plant is recommended for zones:

4-11 patio
9-11 outdoors

You are in Growing Zone: 6

Mature Height:

20-40 ft.

Mature Width:

20-40 ft.


Full Sun

Drought Tolerance:


Botanical Name:

Litchi chinensis

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The King of Fruits

The Lychee Tree has it all:

  • Attractive ornamental evergreen with Tropical flair
  • Delicious fruit with unique taste
  • Dense green foliage
  • Tolerant Tree, resistant to cold and frost

Lychee Tree: The best kept Ancient Secret

There's a reason the Lychee Tree has been popular for thousands of years. Actually, there are many reasons. To start with, the tree combines oriental style with tropical beauty and offers one of the most delicious fruits that a gardener can harvest. It's a slow grower that can achieve heights of more than 40 feet. But the Lychee fruit tastes so good you'll want to keep it within an arm's reach.

Lush, dark green foliage adds great contrast to the Lychee fruits that hang in bunches like giant, rose colored grapes. The tree is admired both for its tempting fruit as well as the tree's distinctive visual appeal. This tree is an absolute must for your garden or landscape.

Lychee has the Fruit of your Dreams

If your imagination came up with its own fruit with the perfect flavor, it would be the Lychee. It's no wonder many Asian restaurants serve them sometimes accompanied by ice cream after a satisfying meal. A rugged outer skin flakes away easily revealing the delicate, velvety fruit that awaits beneath. Bite into the moist, sweet flesh and experience the rush of exotic flavor unique to the Lychee fruit.

So different in taste, the Lychee's white, somewhat translucent flesh almost defies description. Some say the taste is like combining the flavors of pear, grape and coconut milk all in one fruit. Lychees are easy to prepare and taste delicious when eaten chilled.

Add them to fruit salads or as a wonderful topping on desserts. With flavor this good on such a beautiful tree, isn't it time you planted your Lychee?

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Customer Reviews

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Brown tips on leaves
I don't know the reason but my Lychee arrived nice and green and then the leaf tips started turning brown. I planted it within two days. The tree is maintaining its size which is about a foot and a half above ground. Within the last couple of days it seems to putting on new growth at the tips of most branches. It has already had a few new leaves. These new leaves don't' have brown tips. It has now been planted for about two months.
July 28, 2015
1 year ago
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The Lychee tree arrived safe and sound and on time. After transplanting it into our front yard, within 2 to 3 weeks, it took hold in its new environment and is producing fresh, new growth.
If you're looking for plants and trees that you can't find locally, I would not hesitate to recommend Fast-Growing Trees.
John Keen
July 29, 2015
1 year ago
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Received the two Lychee and one Papaya trees; transplanted both; Lychee is growing new leaves; Papaya did not survive--could be the shock of transplanting and weather; we had a heat wave the week it arrived.

The packaging was designed to protect plants in transit.

Hope the Lychee will fruit next year; looking forward buying more exotic trees that are permitted by California.
July 26, 2015
Orange County--Fullerton, CA
1 year ago
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Happy with the purchase
I ordered two Lychee trees. I had an issue with one but it was quickly resolved by the very friendly and helpful customer service department. My trees were packed well and arrived in good condition. They seem to being doing well after planting them.
June 6, 2016
Huntington, NY
5 months ago
So far so good
Arrived packaged well and in good shape. After planting all is well. We are looking forward to a good Summer growing season and hopeful for a bountiful harvest someday.
April 18, 2016
6 months ago
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Lychee Tree
Oh my! I was delighted when I received the Lychee tree. It is awesome! Very healthy with no issues. It has recoved from its trip and is starting to put on growth. Very happy with the packing and how fast it was shipped. Thanks for another GREAT buy FGT! 5 stars for you!
September 7, 2016
Newnan, GA
1 month ago
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Good service
I received the first tree it broken contact FGT customer service they took care it right away and sent me another tree . Received the second tree it very healthy. Thank you for the 5 star service.
September 3, 2016
San Leandro , CA
2 months ago
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Love it
Deliverd on time.growing fast .very hardi plant
Love it.
October 15, 2016
1 month ago
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Lychee in San Jose, Ca this Fall
So far, so good....the tree came in bushy and beautiful but took a turn right after planting....seemed depressed...leaves were drooping and curling....but now, about a month after planting, it seems to be thriving again!
September 23, 2016
san jose, CA
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Extremely sensitive to cold temps
Very slow growing plant that is extremely sensitive to cool temps even when covered. So I learned my lesson with the frst and then purchased another and both are remaining in the greenhouse. The one recovered but went from four feet to 18". it took almost a year and its about 22" now and the other is doing great but VERY slow growing.
October 2, 2016
Kingsbury, TX
7 months ago
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Planting & Care

It's Easy to Plant & Care for Your Lychee Tree

Step 1: Dig Your Hole

Select a site with full to partial sun and moist or well drained soil for your Lychee Tree.

First, dig each hole so that it is just shallower than the root ball and at least twice the width.

Then loosen the soil in the planting hole so the roots can easily break through.

Use your shovel or try dragging the points of a pitch fork along the sides and bottom of the hole.

Planting & Care

Step 2: Place Your Plant

Next, separate the roots of your Lychee Tree gently with your fingers and position them downward in the hole.

The top of the root flare, where the roots end and the trunk begins, should be about an inch above the surrounding soil.

Then make sure the plant is exactly vertical in the hole.

To make it just right, use a level.

Step 3: Backfill Your Hole

As you backfill the hole, apply water to remove air pockets.

Remove debris like stones and grass and completely break up any dirt clumps.

Water your Lychee Tree again after the transplant is complete.

Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
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It is a beautiful tree and has the best ever fruit!
Marta T on Sep 25, 2016
My plan is to have a yard of fruits and vegetables to supply us with year-round harvest. Lychee is a fruit I enjoyed since childhood.
DV vs BD on Sep 8, 2016
It is a beautiful tree and has the best ever fruit!
Marta T on Sep 25, 2016
Delicious fruit
Ramiro Gonzalez J on Sep 22, 2016
My plan is to have a yard of fruits and vegetables to supply us with year-round harvest. Lychee is a fruit I enjoyed since childhood.
DV vs BD on Sep 8, 2016
Wife loves them so we had to try them
Luis A H on Aug 21, 2016
Tasted the friut and always buy in Asian Market. I'll try growing the tree.
MARYLOU D on Aug 20, 2016
I love to have one of this tree in my backyard
Simon h on Aug 17, 2016
I have never tasted this lychee but have heard a lot about it so I will try to grow my own.
William C on Aug 11, 2016
I like lychees and the tree description is quite appealing.
George F on Jul 20, 2016
Excited to have them to eat (eventually, I know they can be slowish to fruit). Improve property value.
Ashley P on Jun 10, 2016
It's a beautiful tree and it bears healthy fruits for you to enjoy.
Ma X on Apr 18, 2016
loved this fruits my grandson's favorite and my 3rd kind of lychees
marlyn a on Apr 5, 2016
I love the flavor of this tree fruit so I want to grow my own.
Javier C on Apr 2, 2016
So excited about getting my lychee tree. It is the most wonderful tasting fruit.
Kathleen H on Mar 31, 2016
I am from Bangladesh. Growing up we enjoyed this fruits. I hope the fruits will be sweet and fleshy.
Fahim M on Mar 26, 2016
We have an open space in our backyard that gets full sun. Since we enjoy the lychee fruit and influenced by the product description, we selected theses tress to fill this area.
Josephine S on Mar 24, 2016
Taking a chance on something different!
Ada J on Mar 13, 2016
I have one already that needs a pollen twin. Please send me a healthy straight up tree with no lower pruning.
Bruce M on Mar 12, 2016
this fruit is hard to find here in New York
ABDUL N K on Mar 6, 2016
because i love to eat the fruit and it can grow in my place in west texas. please send it as soon as possible i cannot wait till april 12. thank you so much.
mercedes a on Mar 5, 2016
see if it works in ca on the central coast
karmjit b on Feb 19, 2016
cold hardy
dung b on Feb 15, 2016
I like this fruit, and I am creating a garden of fruit.
Rosalie W on Feb 6, 2016
Has these before and it was like take a bite out of a sugar water grape ball
Nathan A on Feb 6, 2016
My son requested this site and plant for christmas
Rebecca R on Nov 11, 2015
love the taste.
ning f on Aug 21, 2015
Delicious fruit
Ramiro Gonzalez J on Sep 22, 2016
Wife loves them so we had to try them
Luis A H on Aug 21, 2016
What is the difference between this Lychee tree and the Emperor Lychee?
A Z on Feb 3, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I think but I am not sure - it is the size of the seed in side and the quantity of the sugar.
How big is this tree when it arrives and how long will it take to fruit? I have read some trees can take up to 15 years before fruit.
A shopper on Jun 19, 2014
BEST ANSWER: They are approximately 2ft tall and should take about 1-2years to bear fruit. We graft our trees so they fruit faster than something grown from seed.
re: lychee tree by "patio" do you mean: should be in a container that come into the house during winter months? if so, i live in flint, michigan zone 5 should i leave the container outdoors until the night temps drop to constant below freezing or should i bring it in while the temps are still above freezing?
terrance w on Jun 9, 2014
BEST ANSWER: The Lychee Tree should be brought in if temperatures consistently drop below 45 degrees.
From the sounds of it this tree will survive Utah winters... is that correct?
Sherri S on Jun 8, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Utah winter is harsh. Tree may not survive long periods of snow on the ground. Try to cover the tree with the plastic during winter and hope for the best.
i have not known mangoes at that altitudes and the kind of winter you have.
It is a tropical plant and does not like very low ground temperatures.
If it can grow to 20 feet and up, how do you even plant it in a container and move it indoors in the NE winter? Just not possible.
Jason B on Apr 13, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Container growing will stunt their growth. You can also prune it to your desired height.
I live in the San Joaquin area, Calif. it is very hot and dry during summer. Will the lychee tree hold up to such heat and especially in a clay soil?
Lori R on May 11, 2015
FRANK W on Aug 17, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Our Lychee tree will take about 1-2 years to bear fruit.
What type of plant food is used for this plant?
A shopper on Jun 14, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Lychee Trees enjoy organic time release fertilizers.
Can I plant lychee tree on middle June?
A shopper on Jun 18, 2014
BEST ANSWER: It depends on your location. If temperatures are scorching, and in the 90's or above it will be better to wait until the early fall when it cools off to plant your Lychee Tree.
What variety/cultivar is this particular Lychee tree?
Robert S on May 24, 2015
BEST ANSWER: It is the Mauritius variety.
is it self pollinating? I live in Dallas where we do have occasional ice and freeze. Can it survive Dallas heat and occasional snow combo?
zeeshan on May 6, 2015
BEST ANSWER: They are self-pollinating. The outdoor growing zones are 9-11. Click the link to look up what growing zone you are in.
For zones 4-8, you would need to bring indoors in the winter.
II am in zone 6 so I will be growing this in a container. How much sun does it need when it is brought indoor for the winter? Can I just keep it in the garage with only one window for sun?
Paula W on May 19, 2015
BEST ANSWER: They need full sun, so they will need 6-8 hours of sunlight.
Allie on May 5, 2015
BEST ANSWER: There is no way to know it. In our area we do not see deer ever.

if you have deer in your area and tree is small, place a wire cage until the tree grows to 5 06 6 feet.
Do you have any special instructions or tips to plant it in a planter/pot? And does it require a certain pH?
D V on Apr 27, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Make sure that your containers have drainage holes. Having containers with drainage is crucial to your plants survival. The holes should be large enough to let out excess water, but not large enough that soil is falling out.
It is best to use a planting mix, potting soil or a homemade compost equivalent. In order to make your own planting mix, we recommend mixing five parts compost with one parts builder sand, one part vermiculite, and one quarter part of dry organic slow release fertilizer.
Gently remove your plants from their nursery container.
Start planting your tree in the center of the container and working outward. Scoop and fill soil in the container as needed. The soil should be at the same level that it had in the original nursery container. There should be no more or less of the plants stem covered.
Make sure to water your plant thoroughly after planting. After you water your plants check the soil level and add more if necessary. Make sure that there are no air pockets in the soil.
The pH level should be around 5.0-5.5
Translate lychee in spanish?
Aida Luz C on Nov 10, 2014
Fort Myers, Florida zone #?
A shopper on Jun 15, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Fort Myers Fl is in zone 9.
how long until it bears fruit?
A shopper on Sep 19, 2014
BEST ANSWER: One of our Lychee trees usually takes just one to two years to bear fruit.
For better pollination to yield more fruit, can it partner with different variety of lychee tree?
Aimee T on May 18, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I really don't know. I've had mine for about 5 years and it hasn't done anything but grow, no lychee nuts at all. You might be right, it's a stand alone tree and might need a friend. Ask the guys at F-G-T and see what they say, I seem to recall reading that it was self pollinating. Victoria
is this tree safe to plant in the high desert area...apple valley,ca 92308?
Bill F on May 2, 2015
BEST ANSWER: This tree is not recommended for your area as the winter temperatures get a little too low for it.
Is the Lychee "deer resistant"?. We have deer in our area in Texas
Allie on Apr 28, 2015
BEST ANSWER: It is not their first choice. If deer become hungry enough then they will eat anything.
When is the proper time to plant in Los Angeles CA?
Tony F on Aug 27, 2014
BEST ANSWER: The best time to plant is in the early Spring or early Fall, but if your temperatures aren't scorching hot in the 90's or above then it's fine to go ahead and plant now.
i live in zone 9 which gets frost would this plant live here?
A shopper on Aug 7, 2014
BEST ANSWER: This is my first try with this plant. I actually live in zone 5. I anticipate that if you live in zone 9, the plant should be fine. These trees survive in the mountains of China. Mine is doing really well outside with new leaves sprouting weekly. Hope this helps
I live is Las Vegas where it gets hot in the summer months and winter can get cold, will the plant survive here & should it be planted in a pot???
Cathy K on Sep 25, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The outdoor growing zones are 9-11. Click the link to look up what growing zone you are in.
For zones 4-8 you would need to bring indoors in the winter.
Does the Lychee tree pollinate as much by itself ... or produce more with a second Lychee tree?
david t on Sep 5, 2016
BEST ANSWER: We have only one tree and are hoping to have fruits next year. I do not think, based on my past experience from my native country, there is a need for external pollinator.
Do lychee trees cross pollinate? That is, Are two needed?
Tom A on Jun 26, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Lychee trees are pollinated by bees and other insects, and pollination is essential to fruit production. A single lychee tree may provide adequate pollination for a fruit set, but research published by the University of Florida has suggested that planting multiple varieties for cross-pollination can increase fruit production. Pollination is required only for fruiting, so if you intend to grow lychee trees strictly for their flowers, multiple varieties are not necessary.
Will this grow in west Texas ?
Mercedes A on Mar 5, 2016
BEST ANSWER: If you are in the southern portion. The outdoor growing zones are 9-11. Click the link to look up what growing zone you are in.
Does Lychee tree grow in Northern California?
virginia T on Jul 8, 2015
BEST ANSWER: It should, ca weather is better than pa. At least it doesn't snow in ca. It snows in pa.
I am in zone 9. Should I plant now or wait for the fall ?
dotty on Jun 14, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I too am in zone 9 (Central Florida) and planted mine in the Summer with no problems.
how big this tree grow ?
A shopper on Aug 22, 2014
BEST ANSWER: full grown tree will be about 6-8 feet tall and about 4-5 ft. in parimeter.
will this tree survive in Houston? how big will it grow?
Mirell F on Sep 27, 2016
BEST ANSWER: My tree got off to a slow start as I didn't realize that it needs quite a bit of water in the beginning. Once I got the water straightened out it start to grow beautiful leaves. Unfortunately I am unable to tell you how big it will get as we just got two new puppies and one of them decided he liked the tree so much he pulled it out of the pot and ate all of the leaves.
I think it will survive in Houston if you are mindful of the water and make sure that the top soil is dry before you water it again.
Good luck!

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