This deciduous tree grows up to 10 metres tall and bears tasty raisin-pear flavoured fruit which is sweet, fragrant and is edible raw or cooked. An extract of the seeds and young leaves can be used as a substitute for honey. They begin to produce fruit after three or four years. Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils. It likes full/dappled sun and prefers moist soil. It is extremely hardy when established but may need frost protection for the first couple of years.
JAPANESE RAISIN TREE (hovinia dulcis)