Hovenia dulcis, Japanese Raisin Tree

Hovenia dulcis

Japanese Raisin Tree
Family: Rhamnaceae
Origin: China
USDA Zone: 5-9?
USDA Plant Hardiness MapSmall tree 10-20 ftFull sunModerate waterRegular waterYellow, orange flowersEdible plant

Adaptable plant tolerant of many soil conditions but not wet soil. Flowers pale green, about 7 mm across, slightly fragrant. Fruit is a reddish-brown drupe, about 1/3" in diameter about the size of a raisin, hence the name. They are sweet, and can be eaten. A sweet extract of the seed, boughs and young leaves is used as a substitute for honey.

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