A fast growing tree that produces small raisin like fruit from the trunk. The Raisin Tree is deciduous and can grow to a height of 21m but is more commonly around 9m with a single trunk and a rounded head. They have large, glossy, green, cordate leaves which can be rather limp. The flowers are small but are clustered together in great masses and are cream in colour.
The fleshy thickened fruit stalks, when dried, have the sweet flavour and texture of raisins and can be used in the same way. They have a pear-like flavour when ripe, which is when they fall to the ground. They may be small in size but are usually in copious amounts. The other beauty of these fruits is that you don't need to dry them.The brown pod which is actually the fruit is not used.
Grows well in a fertile sandy loam in a sunny position. Although the dormant plant is hardy to at least -15°c in Britain, it really prefers a continental climate to fully ripen its wood, it is then hardy to about -25°c. The shoot tips are sometimes damaged by winter frosts in Britain and the young growth in spring can also be damaged by late frosts. The Japanese raisin tree is said to grow well in Cornwall, though our experience of this plant so far is that it is very difficult to establish. Perhaps older plants are as hardy as the reports above suggest, but younger plants are quite tender and often die in their first few winters outdoors. The Japanese raisin tree is cultivated for its edible fruit in Japan.
Genus - Hovenia
Species - Dulcis
Common name - Japanese Raisin tree
Pre-Treatment - Not-required
Hardiness zones - 5 - 7
Height - 30' / 10 m
Spread - 23' / 7 m
Plant type - Tree
Vegetation type - Deciduous
Exposure - Full Sun, Partial Shade
Growth rate - Medium
Soil PH - Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Soil type - Light (sandy), medium (loamy), wet soils
Water requirements - High
Landscape uses - Feature Plant, Hedges, Screening / Wind Break, edible fruits
Bloom season - Mid summer
Leaf / Flower color - Green / Green
Japanese raisin tree seeds can be difficult to germinate because their seed coats inhibit germination.
1.Before planting, seeds should be nicked with a file, soaked in strong acid for two hours or left to soak in water at 140F (+60C) for three days.
2. Plant the seeds in moist potting compost and place the pot in a bright location.
3. Seeds can take up to a month to germinate.
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