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Hovenia dulcis

Japanese Raisin Tree


Growing Zone 7A - 10B
Mature Height 25-30 FT
Mature Width 20-25 FT
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Product Description

Exotic, rare and hard to find

Hovenia dulcis or Japanese Raisin tree is a lovely deciduous shade tree that is cultivated in Japan for its fruit. Actually you eat the swollen stalks that the fruit grows on. In June the tree is covered with masses of 2-3 inch fragrant, creamy-white flowers growing in clusters. Bees, butterflies and birds love them. In September, when the thickened stalks fall to the ground, they are ripe and will have a sweet, pear-like flavor. Each stalk is small, but the tree produces bountifully. Fruit dries well (and look like raisins) keeps for months! The tree grows in all but constantly or mostly wet sites, but likes a fertile, sandy loam in full to part sun.

Cold Hardy0-5°
Container PlantNo
GraftedNo, on its own root system
Growing Zone7A, 7B, 8A, 8B, 9A, 9B, 10A, 10B
Mature Height25-30 FT
Mature Width20-25 FT
PollinatorSelf Fertile
Spacing20-25 FT
SunlightPart to Full
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 Japanese Raisin Trees

Bring a unique, Asian flair to your garden with our Japanese Raisin Trees. Known as Hovenia dulcis scientifically, these trees are celebrated for their ornamental beauty, striking foliage, and their distinctive, raisin-like fruit that makes for a fascinating conversation starter.

Japanese Raisin Trees are a fabulous choice for anyone looking to add a touch of the extraordinary to their Fruitscaping™ journey. Native to the Far East, these trees are prized for their resilience and adaptability, doing well in a variety of soil types and tolerating a wide temperature range.

The rewards of growing a Japanese Raisin Tree go beyond its strong and attractive growth habit. The unusual “fruit” of this tree is actually a swollen flower stalk that matures to a reddish, raisin-like form. They offer a sweet taste that’s been likened to brown sugar or dried pears. Delicious fresh, they can also be dried or used in jams, creating an interesting spin on your favorite recipes.

Japanese Raisin Trees add year-round visual appeal to any landscape. Their broad, heart-shaped leaves create a lush, green canopy during the growing season, with clusters of small, creamy flowers appearing in the summer. As autumn arrives, the foliage turns a brilliant shade of yellow, offering a striking contrast to the red, raisin-like fruits.

Maintaining your Japanese Raisin Tree involves regular watering, especially in dry conditions, and an annual application of a balanced, slow-release fertilizer to support the tree’s health and growth.

Embark on a remarkable Fruitscaping™ adventure with our Japanese Raisin Trees. The process of nurturing and caring for these unique trees will result in an exciting harvest and an intriguing addition to your garden. Experience the thrill of growing something unique and the pleasure of reaping the fruits of your efforts.

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.

Click Here To View Our Shipping Page For More Information & Packing/Unpacking Plants Videos

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