Seedless Che Fruit
Che Fruit Care Guide
The Che Fruit - Cudrania tricuspidata (Mandarin Melon Berry)
We include Che with our mulberry care guide because they are relatives in the same family. Like mulberries they are easy to grow & no spraying is necessary. They are very ornamental in shape, leaf and fruit. Their cropping habit is splendid.
We graft Che on Osage Orange (which is another relative) because Che on its own roots can sucker. On Osage trees are single trunk.
Che in China are also called the 'Silkworm tree'. Like the mulberry Che's leaves are the primary food for silkworm.
Che' trees are rounded small trees probably 25' high and the same width if left to grow for about 30 years.
The Chinese keep them small for the silk industry, so they can be cultivated as a small tree or bush.
Placement of the tree should be in the open or along side of small trees like Filberts or Apples. Planting in general is easy. There's no fuss with soil types, they'll thrive from Virginia south into middle Florida. To ripen the fruit, hot summers are best. In zone 6 (Front Royal, VA) they ripen in late September or October. Unlike most Che, Seedless Che does not need a male to set fruit. Do not plant a male tree with a Seedless Che or the fruits will be seedy. For the 1st few years keep weeds and grass away from the plant and water when necessary.