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Botanical Name: Ziziphus jujuba

Seedlings. Can be used as a rootstock or grown on for fruiting. Also known as Chinese dates the jujube is a small deciduous tree or shrub reaching a height of 10 m, usually with thorny branches. Fruits are oval 1.5-3cm in size, when immature they are smooth-green, with the consistency and taste of an apple maturing dark red to purplish-black and eventually wrinkling to look similar to a date. There is a single hard stone similar to an olive stone. Weed Warning - Trees do tend to sucker from their roots around the tree and these suckers are spiny and can be a nuisance Cross pollinate for best results..

Other Names: Red date, Chinese date, Korean date, Indian date
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Plant Information or Specifications

Preferred Climate

Warm Temperate, Arid (Dry)
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Max Height (when in the ground with good conditions)


Plants required to Pollinate

1 (Self Pollinating)
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Can it Handle Frosts?


Amount of leaves in Winter?

No Leaves (Deciduous)

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Water Requirements

Drought Hardy (Little Watering)

Is it a Dwarf Fruit Tree?

Can be pruned to 2m

Time to Fruit/Flower/Harvest

2-3 Years

Sun or Shade

Full (Sun:80%-100%)

Preferred Soil Type

Good Drainage

Soil pH

Neutral (6.6-7.3pH)

Fruiting/Harvest Months

March, April, May


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Jujube (Grafted)

BJ11_old_address's Edible Fruits
Update: 2513 days 8hrs

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This plant is supposed to be the ultimate in toughness; requiring about 2000 'heat hours', which it should obtain against a west facing wall in a pot in full Perth sun. I was surprised as to how similar to dates the fruit tasted - quite acceptable! For something so tough it is surprisingly attractive and graceful. It is already fruiting. I've planted a few strawberries in the pot to act as a living mulch. Most of the strawberries have been fried by the sun, but they are recovering in autumn.

The jujube lost its leaves on its own accord in May.

By Jan 2012 there are a few fruit - but not as many as last year. I'm not sure if it is ideally suited to a pot. The plant has grown about 40cm and seems unfazed by the hottest of days.

May 2012 - leaves turned yellow and shed through autumn. The plant has been released into the ground. I discovered that the roots had taken up most of the area of the pot ... clearly jujube are not suited to pots of roots would need to be trimmed every 12 months. It will still be subject to substantial heat, but I hope it will grow larger in the freedom of the soil. I am hoping that in time it will assist with shading the avocado

Planted: 2011

Height 1.5 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pollination: Self Pollination

Pest Control:


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Eiles's Edible Fruits
Update: 2464 days 16hrs

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Lovely little 'mini apples'. Ialways eat these fruits at their green stage.Maybe next harvest I will wait until they go brown and honeyed.

Planted: 2009

Height 1.5 metres

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 1

First Fruited: 1 Years from purchase in pot

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Organic Status:Organic

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Jujube (Seedling) 8/10

Fruitylicious1's Edible Fruits
Update: 500 days 10hrs

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I love the taste. Less sweeter than the date palm fruit. Great for cooking chinese herbal soups. Superb as snacks too whether fresh or dried.

Planted: 2017

Height 14 Inches

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Spring


Pollination: Self Pollination

Fertiliser or Organics Used: seasol, dyna lifter, citrus fert

When I Fertilise: Spring

Pest Control:

my fingers

Organic Status:Partially Organic

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Fruitylicious1 says... [132 days 19hrs ago]
Nov 2018, Started to flower now at two years from purchase. It's currently in a 300mm pot very healthy and strong growth. I applied Sudden Impact by Neutrog at the beginning of spring. Loves it :-)
Fruitylicious1 says... [57 days 10hrs ago]
27 Jan 2019 - transferred to a 45 ltr pot due to vigorous growth. Sporting a lot of fruits now for such a young specimen. Can't wait to taste my first home grown jujube fruits 😋

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Jujube (Grafted) 3/10

Steve2's Edible Fruits
Update: 2633 days 11hrs

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dog got it however it may come back.

yahooo it came back

its in the front yard now and doing really well

heheh and its where the dog cant get it

Height 0.5 metres

Water Given in: Spring

Pollination: Self Pollination

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