University of Florida

Plant Identification Learning Module:
Fruits & Nuts

Lychee (Litchi chinensis)

Lychees grow in clusters of 2-30 on long stems. Dull red or occasionally yellow in color, oval to round in shape, to 1½  inches, they have a leathery skin covered with small, blunt wart-like bumps. The sweet, juicy flesh is white, translucent, much like a muscadine grape, and surrounds a large, oval, dark, shiny seed. Trees grow to 40 feet, with a rounded form. Leaves are dark green, glossy, narrow, alternate, elongated, and pointed at the tip. New leaves are a bronze red. Flowers are greenish-white to yellow panicles borne in terminal clusters. Lychees are grown only in warmer areas of Florida.