Darrow Mandarin Melon Berry Tree – Tastes Like Papaya!
Going under several names Che, Chinese Che, Chinese Mulberry, Cudrang, Mandarin Melon Berry, Silkworm Thorn. Cudrania tricuspidata is a little know tree that needs to get more attention. We have found it to be complete disease and insect free and to fruit heavily. The Darrow Female variety has fat raspberry like fruit that are up to 1 inch in size. Fruit have a beautiful purple blush over a pale red background. Sweet and juicy with a nice chewy texture. Distinct cantaloupe to papaya flavor. Even though it will drop its fruit when young, we’ve found it does best without a male and produces seedless fruits after a few years. Fruit ripens July-August. Zones 5-10