Lychee (Eng.), Lietsjie (Afr.)
Litchi trees are tall attractive evergreen trees with dark glossy leaves. The Litchi 'Mauritius' is a popular cultivar and a must for every edible landscape. It forms a handsome, dark green, rounded canopy of evergreen leaves, as well as produce small brown to red fruits with a rough skin and aromatic white flesh. This fruit, which is enjoyed by most people, is easily peeled to reveal a sweet and juicy interior surrounding a large, glossy, brown seed. Litchi 'Mauritius' is the most dominant variety grown in South Africa. Litchis are used mainly in culinary applications as well as sometimes being planted ornamentally.