Japanese Raisin Tree

Hovenia dulcis

Grown for its unusual edible stems, which taste like raisins. Once established, this beautiful tree is highly productive and an asset to the permaculture garden. An attractive deciduous tree with a rounded canopy that’s perfect for a small backyard. The swollen stems develop as the inedible fruit falls off in the autumn. These swollen stems can be harvested by hand and stored for up to two months, making them the perfect winter snack.

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Japanese Raisin Tree

Grown for its unusual edible stems, which, incidentally, taste like raisins. Once established, this beautiful tree is highly productive and an asset to the permaculture garden. An attractive deciduous tree with a rounded canopy that’s perfect for a small backyard. The swollen stems develop as the inedible fruit falls off in the autumn. These swollen stems can be harvested by hand and stored for up to two months, making them the perfect winter snack.

How to grow

Tolerant of a range of conditions, trees do best when planted in a soil enriched with compost and well-rotted manure. Stake at planting support the tree as the roots establish. Avoid waterlogged soils and water regularly when conditions are dry. Fruiting best in full sun, although plants will tolerate some shade. Apply compost each year in spring. Harvest the swollen stems when the actual fruit browns off.

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