Japanese Raisin Tree

Hovenia dulcis Open Pollinated

  • Deciduous tree to 30m
  • Sweet, edible swollen stems
  • Suited to permaculture gardens

Standard seed packet, 10 seeds

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'Japanese Raisin Tree' seeds

Hovenia dulcis


  • Deciduous tree to 30m
  • Sweet, edible swollen stems
  • Suited to permaculture gardens

Deciduous tree growing 10-30m tall with a rounded canopy and large, pointed glossy green leaves. Clusters of small, cream flowers appear in late spring followed by small rounded raisin-like fruit. The fruit is not usually eaten, but the swollen stems holding the fruit (called peduncles) are edible. They have a sweet flavour similar to pears and can be harvested and stored for up to 2 months. 

Suited to growing as an ornamental tree and in permaculture gardens. Native to moist, temperate and subtropical mountainous areas of China. Also known as 'Oriental Raisin Tree' and 'Kempo Nashi'.

Seeds per gram: 27
Product code: I4-08

Quick Sowing Guide
Method Raise seedlings
Sowing Depth 5mm
Season Spring
Germination 7-35 days @ 18-22°C
Hardiness / Life Cycle Hardy Perennial
Plant Spacing 2500cm
Plant Height 3000cm
Position Full or part sun, moist well drained soil
Days Until Maturity 5-10 years

*Notes: Scarification may be necessary: scratch or rub seeds with a knife, file or sand paper prior to sowing.


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