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Emperor Lychee Tree

Litchi chinensis 'Emperor'


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-t- Root Rocket™ Fertilizer
Root Rocket™ Transplant Fertilizer

2oz. Packet

Get your new plants off to the right start by using Root Rocket™ Transplant.

This soil amendment contains 16 strains of mycorrhizal fungi, biostimulants, beneficial bacteria and Horta-Sorb® water management gel.

Simply sprinkle the product into the planting hole adjacent to the root ball when planting.

The organisms will start to work right away supplying the roots with much needed nutrition.

The specially formulated Horta-Sorb® will reduce transplant stress and aid in water retention.

1 packet per plant

Root Rocket Fertilizer
-t- Planting Mix
Emperor Lychee Tree Planting Mix

Helps your Emperor Lychee Tree get established in a fraction of the time, become more drought tolerant, and grow faster. Here's how:

Beneficial Bacteria... It's like a Probiotic for your tree... creating an explosion of fine hair roots that vastly improves nutrient and water uptake.

Coarse Organic Compost... loosens and improves all types of soils while promoting proper pH levels. You get better drainage and moisture retention.

Microbial Fertilizers... including Sea Kelp, Yucca, and 100 other elements proven to gently feed your tree without burning the roots.

Use 1 bag of Planting Mix for each plant ordered.

Soil Contents

Growing Zones: 4-11 patio / 9-11 outdoors
(hardy down to 30℉)

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

You are in Growing Zone: 6

Mature Height:

8-10 ft.

Mature Width:

5-8 ft.



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Botanical Name:

Litchi chinensis 'Emperor'

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Rules the Garden

Why get the Emperor Lychee?

  • Giant, juicy Lychees that hold well to the tree
  • Slow growth makes it perfect for containers
  • Convenient compact size that's great for growing indoors

Transform your Garden into an Oriental Paradise

With a mix of island and Asian flair, the Emperor Lychee Tree will help create a relaxed and inviting retreat, whether planted in your garden, in the yard or on the patio. A slow, compact grower, the Emperor won't exceed heights of 10 feet, so the design possibilities are limitless wherever you choose to locate it. Clusters of giant-sized Lychees surrounded by green, pointed leaves put on an awesome display of tropical beauty. Aside from the trees good looks, one trip to the produce section and you'll know why this highly coveted fruit is in such high demand. Lychees can sell commercially for as much as $10 per pound. That means you'll save tons of money by harvesting your own fresh, delicious Emperor Lychees by the bushel right from your own tree.

Emperor Lychees taste Divine

It is said that angels eat Lychees in heaven. The fruit's soft, velvety texture and milky, sweet flavor is that good. And as the largest Lychees available anywhere, there's that much more to love with the Emperor. Lychees the size of golf balls emerge in large numbers throughout the tree. With great staying power, your fruit will hold firm until they're ready to be picked. Compared to a mix of passion fruit and grapes, the Lychee's flavor is perfect for fresh, chilled eating alone, added to tropical fruit drinks or sliced and topped on your favorite desserts. You can even leave the skin on and freeze them for up to 3 months!

With incredible flavor and a multitude of planting options, the Emperor Lychee is a tree fit for royalty.

Order yours today.

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Customer Reviews

4.6 / 5.0
12 Reviews
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Smaller than I expected but it came in good condition. It’s still looks good and hopefully it’s taking root and starting to grow.
November 26, 2018
1 month ago
Very impressed with the Lychee tree
Very impressed with the size of the Lychee tree, I was expecting smaller, thank you ;) again excellent transaction, fast shipping and excellent customer service...tree arrived in excellent condition, no broken branches nor yellow leaves
Absolutely beautiful, very impressed with this tree
Absolutely beautiful, very impressed with this tree
October 31, 2018
1 month ago
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When I received the package at the front door, I was totally impressed at the way the company packaged my two Lychee plants. It arrived healthy and undamaged.
October 3, 2018
3 months ago
I wish it surrived
It’s dead! When I received it looks very sad then I followed the instruction that came with the package but still couldn’t save it. Very disappointed.
May 17, 2018
10 months ago
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Definitely recommend it. Looks hardy and very good even after transport. The leaves were a bit wilted but got back with a little water. The tree is about an inch in diameter and about 3 feet high. Thank you for the fast shipping. The plant was packed well in a strong box with fragile written on it.
May 12, 2018
9 months ago
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Fast growing trees is a great nursery.. they are so helpful .. this is my first time ordering from them .. I will continue to order from them because of their excellent customer service and staff .. thanks FGT’s
May 10, 2018
10 months ago
10/10 service and a really good looking tree, just arrived today.
Just got the tree today, freshly planted. When you buy it usps tells you itll take more time to deliver, but fret not, it is as fast growing trees charts says it will take! As for packaging, 10/10 came in pot and the soil was still damp for being in transit for 2 days. And i mean like just watered damp, very impressive. The tree looks pretty healthy minus the burnt leave tips, but its also been reaaaallly hot too, so i figured that it would have sun damage. But all in all; fast, friendly, and on top of everything! I will be buying something from here again, also i will probably update this later when it grows some.
Took off tags, better view of quality of tree.
Freshly planted.
August 30, 2017
Growing Zone:
Slow recovery
I'm in California so it takes 5 days to get my trees. It arrived with a few broken branches , the leaves have brown spots but after a few weeks I'm starting to see new growth. It hasn't fully recovered yet, the new growth is a good sign.
July 5, 2016
Los Angeles , CA
over 2 years ago
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Arrived healthy and as described. I repotted and it is happy and growing well.
July 4, 2016
Marietta, GA
over 2 years ago
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First Lychee attempt
I have done very well with many items I have purchased, So I thought I would try Two Lychee tree's One made it very well
But the other looks or seems to have burned, Like a sun burn and the sun fried it. It was not because of the lack of water, I watered it dayly . so iam still not sure how the winter will effect the one that lived yet
October 6, 2015
over 3 years ago
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Planting & Care

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

Emperor Lychee Tree Planting Diretions

The Emperor Lychee Tree (Litchi chinensis 'Emperor') is a beautiful tropical dwarf tree that produces large, juicy fruit larger than that of the regular Lychee tree. This slow growing dwarf variety makes them easy to grow in small spaces or in containers as they only mature to a height of 8-10 feet tall and 5-8 feet wide. They are commonly planted in USDA growing zones 9-11 but can be brought indoors during the colder seasons. The Emperor will give you a touch of the Orient while also producing some of the most expensive, velvety textured fruit you can find in your local produce section. The full to partial sun loving Lychee has great staying power with its fruit that can even be frozen and enjoyed months later!

Choosing a location: Young lychee trees are sometimes difficult to establish in windy sites, and exposure to constant winds may result in tattered leaves, stunted shoot growth, and stem dieback. If possible, trees should be planted in wind-protected sites or protected from wind by surrounding trees with light shade cloth which has been attached to wire fencing. Avoid areas that may retain excess moisture.

Planting directions (in ground): Select an area of the landscape that does not flood, lychees grow best in well-draining soils. Sandy soils with low organic matter content are suitable if sufficient fertilizers are supplied.

1) Your planting area should receive full sun for the best tree growth and fruit production.
2) Make your hole three times the size of the root ball and just as deep. A large hole loosens the soil making it easy for the roots to expand into the adjacent soil.
3) Gently comb the root ball to free up the feeder roots and position them downward into the hole. Try to mimic the natural soil habitat for the tree for the back filling. Amend the soil with some organic matter/compost at a 50-50 ratio of dirt removed from the hole.
Tip: Mycorrhizal fungi (available for purchase in our Root Rocket) is highly recommended as a soil additive when back filling your planting site.
4) Keep the tree as straight as possible and begin to backfill the hole. Put several shovels of amended soil in and gently pat down with your hands. Add a few more scoops repeating the procedure until the hole is filled.

Planting directions (potted): There are a couple of basic steps to follow when keeping your lychee tree containerized. This will help maintain the health and integrity of the tree.

1) Sunlight is a major requirement for a healthy potted lychee so be sure you have a good full sun location indoors while the cold season is present.
2) Select a pot 1-2 sizes larger than what the lychee came in (Example: Came in a 1 gallon pot, go up to a 3 gallon).
3) Lychees tend to like a more moistened soil so use a good moisture controlled soil or even an automatic watering pot to keep a steady flow of water going to the roots. Avoid over saturating the soil. (Some of the best results with potting were from a mixture of equal parts compost and topsoil with partially decomposed mulch).
4) Container grown lychees need to have the nutrients in their soil replenished, adding Mycorrhizal fungi will increase the root growth and their ability to distribute/absorb nutrients and water.
Tip: Remove your lychee from its container once a year and trim back the roots a little. You can also do this when it is time for the tree to be re-potted into a larger container. Uncontrolled root growth can be very unhealthy for the tree since they cannot absorb water or take in oxygen as needed.
5) If your tree is indoors during the flowering time you may need to assist the tree with spreading the pollen around. Nature typically takes care of this for you with bees and other insects providing the flowers emerge during the warmer seasons. If the tree is indoors you can mimic the pollinating by using a small, fine tipped paint brush or cotton swab. Just collect the pollen from each flower and go back and forth to all of the blooms. Do not rinse the brush off! This defeats the purpose of collecting the pollen.

Watering: Lychee trees are moderately drought tolerant. However, newly planted lychee trees should be irrigated regularly during establishment. In the home landscape, trees will perform well without supplemental irrigation after the trees are established. For more consistent cropping of mature trees, withholding irrigation during the fall and winter until bloom may enhance the amount of flowering. Water a container grown lychee every day. In the summer, missing even a single day of watering can cause major leaf drop on the tree.

Tip: Applying a thin layer of well cured compost from the drip-line to within 6 inches of the trunk may be beneficial for the fibrous roots of lychee trees. In addition, mulching lychee trees in the home landscape helps retain soil moisture, reduces weed problems adjacent to the tree trunk, and improves the soil near the surface. Mulch with a 2 to 6 inch (5-15 cm) layer of bark, wood chips, or similar mulch material. Keep mulch 8 to 12 inches (20-30 cm) from the trunk to prevent rotting of the base of the trunk.

Pruning: Occasional thinning/pruning of the lychee is encouraged for protection from wind damage and builds a strong structure. The density of the lychee makes it susceptible to powerful wind gusts which might cause it to blow over. Younger lychees need to maintain a round shape so be sure to thin them out annually. This will also help with the sunlight exposure and better air circulation for the canopy. When the tree gets to about 4-5 years old it should be near its full maturity and a yearly trimming of the fruit should be sufficient in terms of pruning the tree.

A potted lychee will not require any pruning for at least 2-3 years and even then, it’s a minor thinning to open crotch angles.

Fertilizing: After the first flush of growth hardens, when the leaves start to turn a darker green and the shoots harden off is when you will want to feed your tree. Refrain from using any type of artificial fertilizers, these can kill many beneficial organisms in your soil’s ecosystem. Use organic fertilizers to feed your lychee tree such as kelp, compost extracts or seaweed. Using fertilizer formulas containing Nitrogen, Phosphorous and Potassium can easily lead to burning of the tree’s roots.

Cease fertilizing in the third year to get the tree fully prepared to enter its fruit bearing stage. After the harvest of fruit, fertilize with half the amount and do not feed again until fruit has set for the second harvest.

Container grown lychees do not require fertilizer but will benefit greatly by spraying liquid phosphorous on the leaves. Do this during times of transplantation and annually around September or October. This will promote flowering and the fruiting of your tree, pollinated flowers are after all what brings that delicious fruit!

Planting & Care

Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this? Store
I love eating lychee
Kal I on Nov 5, 2018
tree size and enjoy the fruit
Subhasbhai S on Aug 6, 2018
I love eating lychee
Kal I on Nov 5, 2018
Boyfriend spent some time in Hawaii and loves the fruit, so I am surprising him. ;) besides I have already purchased 6 fruit trees in the past two weeks from fast growing trees for me. ;)
Patsy F on Oct 29, 2018
tree size and enjoy the fruit
Subhasbhai S on Aug 6, 2018
My wife bought one before and last year, my whole family enjoyed eating the fruits.
Jovito P on Apr 2, 2018
My wife loves these berry, me labour of love to her
Jim T on Apr 1, 2018
Love the fruit!!!
sambath c on Feb 9, 2018
Patio tree, zone 9
Anh N on Feb 5, 2018
always wanted to eat fruit with angles
scott r on Feb 4, 2018
I like to eat lychee. So would like to grow one.
Yuan C on Jan 10, 2018
It's a lychee tree. Why else
Jeremy S on Dec 18, 2017
DEAN D on Jul 4, 2016
Was half dead when I got it, planted in large indoor pot, tried to revive it but it gave up halfway through winter and died. Was kinda bummed, was looking forward to having this tree, maybe next time.
Brian K on Apr 14, 2016
I want a dwarf lichee and this seems the best
Paulett H on Nov 22, 2015
Boyfriend spent some time in Hawaii and loves the fruit, so I am surprising him. ;) besides I have already purchased 6 fruit trees in the past two weeks from fast growing trees for me. ;)
Patsy F on Oct 29, 2018
My wife bought one before and last year, my whole family enjoyed eating the fruits.
Jovito P on Apr 2, 2018
How low of a temperature will it tolerate? I am in zone nine, and at what temperature do i need to protect the tree?
Terry M on Apr 30, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I am in Sacramento where the Winter temperature falls down to 28 degrees Fahrenheit for a week the most. Can this lychee tree survive?
how many years will it take before it gives fruits ?
A shopper on Jul 25, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Your Emperor Lychee Tree may need a year to get used to it's new environment and will most likely start producing fruit in it's second year.
When will lychees be ripe in FL zone 9?
NYTilo on May 25, 2015
What is patio planting kit used for.?
A shopper on Jul 26, 2014
BEST ANSWER: The patio panting kit is used to plant your tree in a container that is the perfect size for moving your tree indoors and out or keeping it in a pot. It includes a pot, fertilizer and planting mix, everything that you need to plant your tree if you desire to keep it indoors, or in pot to be placed in a decorative area.
Are these organic fruit trees?
Neslene B on Dec 28, 2017
BEST ANSWER: To comply with USDA phytosanitary regulations, we are required to apply a mild chemical treatment to all trees shipped over state lines. This treatment is required to prevent the spread of potentially devastating pathogens from one state to another and is mandatory for all growers. Once your trees arrive, you can use all natural and organic growing techniques to grow organic fruit.
Does this plant need cross pollination to have fruit? Do I need to have two plants?
Carolyn G on Oct 5, 2014
BEST ANSWER: The Lychee tree does not need cross pollination. It has both male and female flowers. Although, for chance of more fruit, it's good to have more than one tree or variety of Lychee trees.
Will the tree bloom back after the winter? Can I plant it in Minnesota?
Diane on Jun 21, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Lychees are tropical plants. They will not survive the cold weather. If you want to plant it in Minnesota, you would have to plant it inside. We are in Missouri, and we bought the plant late last year; We planted it in a large side pot and replanted it outside this year when the weather got warmer. Curious to see how it would be after being outside all summer long
can this plant grow or survive in new York area?
A shopper on Aug 16, 2014
BEST ANSWER: The Emperor Lychee Tree will survive in NY, but it will have to be potted and brought indoors during the winter. If you don't have a large sunny window to place it by so it gets at least six hours of sunlight a day you may want to consider getting a grow light for it.
Can I plant this tree in the ground in north Georgia?
Britany T on Nov 25, 2018

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