Litchi season in Northern of  Vietnam

Lychee is a native of South China and is also considered to have existed in Viet Nam for a long time. At the foot of Bavi Mountain, wild lychee trees were found by a French scientist in 1942. In 1970 Professor Vu Cong Hau (late director of the Industrial and Fruit Crop Institute) and his colleagues discovered lots of wild lychee trees in Tamdao (Vinh Phuc province) and Tuyen Hoa (Quang Binh province) forests.

A Vietnamese legend also recounts that one of Vietnamese Kings of the Mai Dynasty once offered lychee fruits, which were regarded as precious fruit of Viet Nam, to the Emperor of China. This evidence partly shows that lychee can be considered as a native of Viet Nam lychee and that the climate of northern Viet Nam, where winter is short, dry and a little bit cold and summer is long and hot with high rainfall and humidity, is quite suitable for the growth of lychee.

Area and production

Lychee can be considered to have originated from Hai Duong province (Thanh Ha district) where the most important variety has been commercially developed and over time it has spread to other locations in the northern Viet Nam and even to some places in the central part. At present lychee is commercially cultivated in N Luc Nam and Yenthe districts of Bac Giang province (about 100 km North of Hanoi); Thanh Ha, Chilinh and Tu Ky district of Hai Duong province (approximately 60 km east of Hanoi); Dongtrieu, Yen Hung and Hoanh Bo districts of Quang Ninh province (nearly 200 km east of Hanoi); and Quoc Oai, Chuong My and Ung Hoa districts of Hatay province (About 40 km northwest of Hanoi).