xotcfruit
Rare fruit tree Specialist
:: Jujube ::

THUMBNAIL SKETCH - JUJUBE OR CHINESE DATE (ZIZYPHUS jujuba)

ORIGIN: Probably China but possibly the eastern Mediterranean (especially Syria). Widely cultivated in China for millennia. Most good named varieties are from China.

TREE DESCRIPTION: Upright, slender, deciduous tree. Up to 30’ after decades but may be kept smaller if desired. Espaliers well. Summer foliage beautifully green, turning yellow in the fall.

CLIMATE: Quite winter hardy to about -30 F but needs little winter chilling to set fruit. Produces fruit from

California to South Carolina and at least as far north as Kansas through Ohio to Philadelphia. Areas with low summer temperatures, short summers, or southern Florida are experimental.

SOIL: Most any is acceptable except heavy clays or wet locations. Very tolerant to salt and alkalinity.

FERTILIZER: Use any typical fruit tree fertilizer or manure.

WATER: Once established, trees are drought tolerant, but may drop fruit when extremely dry. For best

results, irrigate I" or so each week.

PESTS AND DISEASES: Protect from gophers. Birds like the near-ripe fruit. If they are a problem, use

Japanese Mylar tape (Flash Tape) strung from the tops of the trees.

HARVESTING: The Li variety may be picked once the color has gone from green to the yellow-green

stage. The Lang must wait until it is fully red to be at its best. Other varieties-taste once the color is in

the yellow-green stage. Some harvest well with a small amount of red while others need full red color to be

at their best. Honey Jar can be picked even green. For dried fruit, let the fruit stay on the tree until dry and wrinkled. Dried fruit stores well in a dry place for months to years. No preservatives are needed.

PROBLEMS: Jujubes have two setbacks: 1. They have thorns on most varieties on the younger branches.

Different varieties have different severity's of these thorns with some noted to be almost thorn-free. 2.

Plants send out root suckers up to 30’ from the main stem. These can be dug out each winter and replanted

for grafting. If they are not wanted, simply mow or hoe them away as needed.

AVAILABILITY: We sell dormant-wood cuttings to be used for grafting on your existing plants and bareroot

plants in the winter. Scionwood is available Jan-April and bareroot plants Jan-early March. Scions are priced at $2.00 per 2 buds unless otherwise noted.

There is a minimum of 5 total scions plus 15% for shipping (20% east of Rockies).

Varieties are available as bareroot plants and are shipped January-early March.

ALL CULTIVARS (except Shanxi Li) $22.00 Shanxi Li $27

ROOTED SPROUTS (FOR GRAFTING): 10 for $3.00 each, 50 for $2.50 each: 100 for $2.25 each.

ADD  SHIPPING FOR BAREROOT PLANTS AND SCIONS

LARGE ORDERS FOR NURSERIES AND PLANTINGS (Grafted Plants Only):

10-24 total plants—Take 10% off                 25 or more plants—take 25% off

FLASH TAPE: Helps scare off smaller birds when fruit is ripening--$2.50 per roll plus shipping

JUJUBE BOOK—OVER 200 PAGES- $28 DELIVERED U.S.

SPECIALTY SEED AVAILABLE -$5.00 per pack

Group A - No postage required in US (30 or more seed per pack)

Tropical Guava, Mexican Yellow Guava, Jujube, African Homed Melon, Cereus peruvianus (red or yellow), Tamarillo (red or golden yellow), Purple Passion Fruit, Cherimoya, (winter-spring only), and kiwifruit relatives - arguta, Cordifolia, mixed arguta, eriantha, and yellow-red-or orange Actinidia chinensis. Note that on the kiwi, no viability is guaranteed due to possible cross-pollination with regular kiwifruit.

Group B - 10 or more seed per pack

White Sapote (Sept-Nov), Surinam Cherry (Feb-May), Lychee (July-Aug), Longan (Oct-Nov), or Paw Paw

Foreign orders require additional postage, See Availability List for additional requirements

Florida and Hawaii deliveries add $20 to cover Ag shipping requirements on plants.