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Hedonisia Hawaii Botanical Plant Inventory

Rambutan

1) Plant History & General Information:

  • Location on Property:  Garden Z
  • Scientific Name:  Nephelium lappaceum
  • Region of Origin:   Southeast Asia, Malay-Indonesian region
  • General History:  The rambutan is a tropical fruit tree that is closely related to some of our other fruit trees including Longan and Lychee.  The structure internally is quite similar, with a single central inedible seed and edible white flesh wrapped around it but the skin is the part that makes the rambutan so distinctive in appearance.  The name “rambutan” is derived from the Malay-Indonesian languages word for rambut or “hair”, a reference to the numerous hairy protuberances of the fruit, together with the noun-building suffix -an In Vietnam, it is called chôm chôm (meaning “messy hair”) due to the spines covering the fruit’s skin.  The widest variety of cultivars, wild and cultivated, are found in Indonesia and Malaysia.

2) Plant Uses:

  • As Food:  The ripe fruit should be 2″ to 3″ long and oval but can be almost round in some varieties. Look for a bright red color in most cases but there are some rambutan varieties that ripen a bright yellow or yellow with an orange blush.  Rambutan has high levels of vitamin B3 and vitamin C
  • As Medicine:
  • Other Uses:

3) Growing Instructions

  • Propagation: Rambutan can be grafted or grown from seed.  Often the trees grown from seed will be less tasty than grafted trees from known cultivars.  When planting seeds they must be placed flat, seeds placed long side down will not germinate.  It is crucial that seeds be fresh or they will not germinate.
  • Soil Requirements:  Loose loamy soil with good drainage
  • Sunlight Requirements: Full sun
  • Best time to Harvest:  
  • Growing: Rambutan grows best in tropical cliamates with a warm temperature and
  • Difficulties with this plant:

History of this Plant at Hedonisia: