Ziziphus jujuba

THis is the Jujube - Li fruit a seedling is it's own unique variety and may look different

Seedlings plants can be used to graft other varieties onto or grown on for fruiting your own unique variety. Also known as Chinese dates the jujube is a small deciduous tree or shrub reaching a height of 10m 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. In the dry tropics, trees can adversely affect agricultural land by forming dense thorny thickets. Best not to cultivate soil around Jujube roots to encourage suckering. Collect all fruit to prevent birds spreading seed. They make great container plants and this helps to mininimise suckering. Cross pollinate for best results.
Other Names: Red date, Chinese date, Korean date, Indian date


Specifications of Jujube

Preferred Climate Warm Temperate, Arid (Dry)Learn About Climate Zones

Grown From SeedlingLearn About Propagation Methods

Max Height (when in the ground with good conditions) 2-5m

Plants required to Pollinate 1 (Self Pollinating)Learn about Pollination

Can it Handle Frosts? Yes

Amount of leaves in Winter? No Leaves (Deciduous)

Quarantine Restrictions to these Areas QLD, WA

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 Reviews & Tips

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★★★★ 2y ago


We have Chico and Li and they are very easy to grow. They are deciduous so handle the cool, wet winters no problems - and very heat tolerant. The fruit is superior with regular watering in summer though. They are thorny and sucker alot. A tree mat can ...

★★★★ 4y ago

TAMWORTH, NSW, Australia

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.

10y ago

St Agnes, SA, AUST

dog got it however it may come back.yahooo it came backits in the front yard now and doing really wellheheh and its where the dog cant get it

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