Zizyphus jujuba. Also known as the Chinese date, Jujubes are elegant small trees to 20’ tall by 12’ wide, with gray bark and shiny, dainty foliage that gives a great autumn display of butter yellow. But don’t let their sumptuous looks fool you: Jujube trees will thrive under the harshest conditions. Jujube trees are self-fertile (although they have greater yield with another variety nearby) and the abundant fruits are sweet and crunchy. Truly delicious fresh. Jujubes can dry on the tree for future use. Both fresh and dried fruit are packed with vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants. They’re used in traditional Chinese medicine to kill internal parasites, promote liver function and improve the pulmonary system.
Watch out for the daunting thorns on young growth. Suckers from roots can be a nuisance, so remove them if they appear. No insect or disease problems. Hardy to at least minus 10 degrees F and can take almost any amount of summer heat, yet needs very little winter chill, less than 200 hours. Full sun, drought tolerant. Best fruit set and flavor in hot summer areas. If grown in containers, you'll need at least a 15 gal pot. Trees below have had their side branches removed for ease of harvesting/potting up, so trees shipped in spring and summer will not have a developed branch structure. They will acquire branches during the growing season.
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|Jujube Tree 'Sugar Cane'|
Zizyphus jujuba 'Sugar Cane.' This new jujube cultivar has the sweetest fruit of any of the jujubes. 'Sugar Cane' fruits earlier than 'Li' or 'Lang' and is a productive variety. Fruit develops over an extended period, so you can harvest at your leisure. Grown in 5 gal containers and pruned to fit into 4' tall boxes. 1/2" caliper trunk, no branching yet. Best for eating straight off tree.
|Jujube Tree 'Li'|
Zizyphus jujuba 'Li'. One of the best Jujube varieties for fruit production, ‘Li’ bears rounded 2” fruit that slowly turn from green to purple to mahogany. Seems to be most self-fertile of all varieties. These fruit-laden branches are in high demand for late summer bouquets (pair the branches in rustic Japanese jugs with copper beech, Clematis ‘Brunette’ and bronze and green fennel). Since the small and fragrant chartreuse flowers appear after most flowering fruit trees, crops are seldom affected by late spring frosts. Zones 4-9. Trees grown in 5 gal containers, about 3' tall, 1/2" caliper, no branching yet.
|Jujube Tree 'Lang'|
Zizyphus jujuba. 'Lang' produces fruit that are easily mistaken for baby Bosc pears before turning their beautiful burnished mahogany. They're incredibly tasty when fully ripe, but not until then. Wait for the fruit to turn dark before eating. These fruit are also excellent if left on the tree to dry. Tree is upright and nearly thornless. Partially self-fertile, which means you can grow just one tree and get fruit, but you'll get more if you have two different varities. Fruit ripens in early to mid-September. Grown in 5 gal containers, about 3.5' tall, 3/4" caliper, a few branches.
|Jujube Tree 'Sherwood'|
Zizyphus jujuba 'Sherwood.' The fruit of Sherwood has an uncanny resemblance to dates when dried. It's also fantastic fresh, when the color turns from green to reddish brown. This selection is a little taller and narrower than the other varieties and is not as thorny. Ripens late, mid-October, so not a good choice for areas with early frosts. Pruned to fit into 3' x 1' x 1' boxes, grown in 5 gal containers.
|Contorted Jujube Tree|
Zizyphus jujuba 'Contorta.' You'll never find a more magnificent sculpture for your garden than the contorted Jujube tree. In the winter the twisted branches are prized for their sculptural qualities. In the spring those branches are covered in celadon lace when the new leaves appear, and in summer the mahogany fruit dangle from the tree’s gnarled arms. Plant this rare tree in a special spot and light it from below for the most beautiful garden accent you’ll ever have the good luck to grow. Zones 4-9. Trees grown in 5 gal containers and have been pruned to fit in 4’ tall boxes. Well-developed branching. OUT OF STOCK UNTIL SPRING 2014.
|Jujube Tree 'GA 866'|
Zizyphus jujuba 'GA866.' A jewel of the Chico Research Station, this jujube is renowned for its dizzying sugar content and concentrated apple flavor. The 2" long fruit is eaten dried, fresh, or made into a sublime ice cream. Needs a long hot summer to ripen. Ready to harvest earlier than other varieties, in mid September, so good for areas with early frost. These trees have a 1/2" caliper, no branching, pruned to 3'.