Growing Lychee in Hawaii
Lychee is a popular tree in Hawaii, valued for its delicious fruit. As itsbotanical name implies, Litchi chinensis originated in China. Lychee (also written litchi, li-chi) is a large, long-lived, subtropical, evergreen tree that bears fruit from May to August in Hawaii. The first lychee plant brought to Hawaii was imported from China in 1873 by Mr. Ching Chock and planted on the property of Mr. Chun Afong at the corner of Nuuanu and School Streets on Oahu. It was known as the “Afong” tree and was initially considered to be the Chinese variety ‘Kwai Mi’ (or ‘Kwai Mei’), but it was later identified as ‘Tai Tso’ (or ‘Tai So’).