HOVENIA DULCIS - Chinese or Japanese Raisin Tree
A small to medium-sized dioecious tree from China and Japan. The fruit is a small dry capsule with a fleshy, sweet, edible pedicel. Grown for the swollen red stems of the fruit that are used for medicine and food, tasting somewhat like pears. The tree does well in warmer areas, standing 10°F. Propagated by seeds or root cuttings.