The Che is native to many parts of eastern Asia from the Shandong Province of China to the Nepalese sub-Himalayas. Requires minimal care and has a tolerance of drought and poor soils similar to that of the related mulberry. Young plants have small thorns. It is complete disease and insect free fruit species.
Growth: fast growing, spreading bush or small tree. Immature wood is thorny but loses its thorns as it matures.
Site requirements: full sun location. Che will grow in a range of soil types. Deep, well drained loam is the best.
Flowers: the Che is dioecious, with male and female flowers on different plants. Female flowers of variety CHE SEEDLESS are self-fertile, but polinator with male flowers increase yield.
Ripeness: the fruits ripen in November
Color: red or maroon-red
Fruit: the che fruit is not a berry but a collective fruit, in appearance somewhat like a round mulberry crossed with a lychee. The ripe fruits are an attractive color with a juicy, rich red flesh inside.
Taste: when fully soft ripe fruits develop a watermelon-like flavor. The sugar content is similar to that of a ripe fig. It is important that the fruits be thoroughly ripe to be at their best.
Crop yield: medium, regular yields. The Che begin to bear at an early age.
Hardiness: zones 5-9
Pests and Diseases: no pests or diseases have been noted