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Ziziphus zizyphus

Jujube is a member of the Ziziphus family. Its botanical name is Ziziphus zizyphus.

Jujubes are often found dried at Asian grocery stores, but they’re also a nice crisp treat when eaten fresh. The tree has thorns but a very pleasing form. The tree can take extremely high temperatures and only needs a little winter chill, yet it can survive low temperatures as well. Though they have been known to fruit as far north as the Puget Sound, they fruit best in areas that get hot summers.

Its fruits normally ripen as a colour very similar to   Dark pastel red. Jujube grows as a perennial and is a flowering edible fruit. Being a perennial plant, it tends to grow best over several years (approx 3 years and greater). Jujube normally grows to a tree habit with a max height of 29.25 feet (that's 9.00 metres metric). This plant tends to bloom in late spring. Popular varieties of Jujube with home gardeners are Li, Tamar, Contorted, Lang and Autumn beauty.

China is believed to be where Jujube originates from.

Jujube is normally fairly low maintenance and quite easy to grow, as long as a level of basic care is provided throughout the year. Being aware of the basic soil, sun and water preferences will result in a happier and healthier plant.

This plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Jujube have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Jujube

  • Full Sun

  • Low

Plant in a location that enjoys full sun and remember to apply water fairly sparingly. Zone 6 to 11 are typically the USDA Hardiness Zones that are appropriate for this plant (although this can vary based on your microclimate). Jujube is generally regarded as a very hardy plant, so this plant will tend to survive through freezing conditions.

See our list of companion Plants for Jujube to see which plants you should plant in close proximity to encourage growth.

Growing Jujube from seed

Transplanting Jujube

Jujube trees need to be spaced far apart from each other because they need maximum sunlight to fruit.

Jujube is very hardy, so ensure you wait until all danger of frost has passed in your area before considering planting outside.

Common Jujube problems

These problems, diseases and pests are known to affect Jujube plants:

Other names for Jujube

Chinese date, Tsao, Chinese red date, Chinese plum

Ziziphus vulgaris, Ziziphus jujuba

Jujube care instructions

How long does Jujube take to grow?

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