Longan Trees originated in Southeast Asia and have been grown for centuries. They are prized for their dark green canopy, cooling shade, and sweet abundant fruit. Longan trees can reach heights of 40 feet, widths of up to 20 feet, are drought tolerant, and can take brief low temperatures down to 25 degrees F. They are fast growing and produce clusters of easy to peel reddish brown fruits with sweet juicy pulp that are similar in size, shape, and taste to the fruits of a Lychee tree. The sweet translucent flesh has been described as tasting like a giant sweet grape mixed with mango.
Longan Trees are self-pollinating and will produce fruit from a single tree. This heavy producer can yield even more fruit when paired with a second Longan Tree in the same area. Longan Trees can be grown in the ground in USDA Zones 8 to 11. This wide range, and their ability to tolerate dry conditions and cold temperatures, make the Longan a unique and forgiving tropical fruit tree. Planting a Longan Tree is the perfect way to add a gorgeous, shade-giving, tropical fruit tree to your landscape.