Cricket Hill Garden

Cudrania, 'Chul Ri' Che melonberry SPRING 2025 PRE-ORDER

$ 50

Cudrania tricuspidata 'Chul Ri'

Name in Chinese and pin yin柘 zhe

Variety description: A new Korean cultivar of che which we acquired from legendary rare fruit grower Cliff England. This female selection seems quite precocious, with 1st year plants often producing a few fruit. Since we have only grown this cultivar in proximity to a male tree, we cannot yet say whether or not it will produce parthenocarpic seedless fruit in the absence of a male pollinator. 

We graft our Che onto Osage orange (Maclura pomifera) rootstock so that as the plant matures it will develop less of a bush and more of a standard tree form. Young plants have small thorns. 

Site requirements: Full sun location. Che will grow in a range of soil types provided that the roots stay evenly moist throughout the heat of the summer. Deep, well drained loam is ideal.

Size at maturity: 10-30' tall, up to 25' wide, depending on pruning. Keep it pruned for a smaller size. Very fast growing.

Hardiness: USDA zones 5b-9. There are some reports of Che growing in USDA zone 5. Cooler climates may have insufficient summer heat to fully ripen the fruit.

Pests and Diseases: None observed. Birds will eat the fruit if you are late to harvest and deer may browse both the fruit and foliage. We protect young trees with a circle  of wire mesh to keep the deer away.

Plant size: Grafted tree. Field grown, ships bare root.

When we ship: Late winter and spring 2025

Shipping restrictions: None.

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