Japanese Raisin Growing Information
© Frances Michaels
Botanical Name: Hovenia dulcis
Japanese Raisin Tree, Chinese Raisin Tree, Kenpo Nashi
native to China, Korea and Japan
It grows well with little care and attention. A deciduous tree, it grows to a height of 6 - 9 m with a spread of
4 m. It is suited to temperate and subtropical climates and is very hardy to cold. The stem is stout, erect and
branching at the apex, with deeply fissured dark brown bark. The leaves are heart-shaped and the flowers are white
and small. It produces copious quantities of sweet, raisin-like, edible fruit.
Germinates best at 15 - 20°C soil temperature.
unlikely to do well.
seeds have an impermeable seed coat that severely slows down
germination; scarify by rubbing the seed between sandpaper, then by soak the seed in hot tap water (approximately
140°F) for several days. Keep moist, germination can be slow, up to 12 months.
cover seed lightly with a seed raising mix.
4 m between trees.
tolerant of wide range of soil types but prefer good drainage; pH 6 - 7
the fleshy, thickened fruit-stalks, when dried, have the sweet flavour and
texture of raisins and can be used similarly.
it is an ornamental shade tree well-suited to the home garden and school
Available as seed: Japanese Raisin