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Self Fertile

Darrow Mandarin Melonberry Tree

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Cold Hardy (20°)-(15°)
Growing Zone 5A - 10B
Pollinator Self Fertile
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Product Description

Tastes Like Papaya

Going under several names Che, Chinese Che, Chinese Mulberry, Cudrang, Mandarin Melon Berry, Silkworm Thorn. Cudrania tricuspidata is a little know tree that needs to get more attention.

We have found it to be completely disease and insect free and to fruit heavily. The Darrow Female variety has fat raspberry like fruit that are up to 1 inch in size.

Fruit have a beautiful purple blush over a pale red background. Sweet and juicy with a nice chewy texture. Distinct cantaloupe to papaya flavor. Even though it will drop its fruit when young, we’ve found it does best without a male and produces seedless fruits after a few years. Fruit ripens July-September.

Cold Hardy(20°)-(15°)
Container PlantNo
GraftedYes, on Osage Orange Rootstock
Growing Zone5A, 5B, 6A, 6B, 7A, 7B, 8A, 8B, 9A, 9B, 10A, 10B
Mature Height12-15FT
Mature Width8-10FT
PollinatorSelf Fertile
SunlightFull Sun
Planting & Care

Recommended Fertilizers

Starter Fertilizer: Kickstart with Espoma Organic Bio-tone® Starter Plus. This potent blend boosts root mass and aids in mitigating transplant shock, ensuring your plants thrive in their new home.

Maintenance Fertilizer: For continued growth and fruit production, we recommend Espoma Organic Tree-tone Fertilizer. Designed specifically for fruit trees, this balanced formula nourishes your plants, promoting vibrant growth and bountiful harvests.

Fruitscaping™ with Melon Berry Trees

Venture into the captivating world of Fruitscaping™ with our Melon Berry Trees. Also known as Che, this unique fruit tree offers a taste unlike any other, along with pleasing aesthetics and hardiness that make it an excellent choice for any fruit tree gardener.

Melon Berry Trees bear beautiful clusters of small fruits that have a watermelon-like texture and a sweetness that is reminiscent of figs. Their luscious, pink-tinged fruits are an absolute delight to harvest and are a treat when eaten fresh, used in salads, or processed into jams.

With their preference for well-drained soil and full sun to partial shade exposure, Melon Berry Trees are not too demanding when it comes to their care. They’re highly adaptable, hardy, and can withstand temperatures down to -20 degrees Fahrenheit, making them an excellent addition to gardens in colder climates.

Their lovely form and attractive green foliage make them a stunning addition to any landscape. In addition to their fruit-bearing capabilities, these trees offer an ornamental quality with their vibrant, green leaves that transform into stunning autumnal colors.

Whether grown as a stand-alone specimen or nestled among other fruit trees like plums and peaches, Melon Berry Trees bring an attractive, intriguing addition to your garden. Their hardiness and easy maintenance also make them suitable for novice gardeners.

Embark on the journey of Fruitscaping™ with Melon Berry Trees. From planting and nurturing to harvesting your homegrown melon berries, the gardening experience is both rewarding and enjoyable.

Growing Guides

You can find many planting & care guides on our growing guides page.

Shipping Info

Shipping Restrictions

Unfortunately, We Cannot Process Orders to California, Hawaii, Alaska, or Internationally:  Please note that due to specific agricultural regulations, we’re unable to ship any plants to the states of California, Hawaii, and Alaska, or outside the United States. Additionally, citrus trees can only be shipped within the state of Florida.

Shipping Information

Before Your Plants Arrive: You can find many guides on unpacking, planting, & care, on our growing guides page.

The Journey From Our Nursery to Your Door:  We NEVER ship our plants bare root. Your plant will travel in the very container in which it was nurtured. We thoroughly prune and water them before packing, and make sure they’re well wrapped to retain moisture during transit. It’s as though you’ve personally collected them from our nursery!

Choose Your Ship Date: We understand you’ll want to be available when your plant arrives. Our checkout process features a handy calendar that allows you to choose the Monday on which you want your plant to ship. Depending on your location, you’ll likely receive your plant by Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday of that week. Once shipped, UPS will generate a tracking number and send it to the email you provided. You can then follow your plant’s journey and ensure someone is available to unpack it on arrival day.

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