Ant Admire Jujube Tree
Ant Admire Jujube is a unique and productive Chinese variety is prized for its large, narrow, attractive, chocolate-brown fruit. Very sweet and flavorful, it ripens early and is great for both fresh eating and drying. Ant Admire also stays crisp longer than many other varieties, making it very valuable for fresh markets.
A striking ornamental as well as fruiting plant, Jujube’s are a rare and unique small tree displaying attractive contorted branched, fine lacy foliage, and abundant small, fragrant, white flowers which bloom in mid-summer. Also known as Chinese Date, Jujube’s unique and tasty fruit becomes reddish brown when ripe, with a sweet apple-like flavor and crisp texture. Easy to grow, Jujube can stand some drought and grows well in the Northwest as well as in other regions of the US.
Jujube has a wide culinary history throughout the world. In addition to being eaten fresh, Jujubes are smoked in Vietnam, used in a sweet tea syrup in Korea and China, picked in Bangladesh, used to make wine in China, Brandy in Croatia, and marmalades and juices everywhere.
Jujube also has many medicinal purposes as well. It was been said to alleviate stress, is anti fungal, anti-bacterial, anti-ulcer, and anti-inflammatory.
Latin Name: Ziziphus jujuba
Site and Soil: Jujube likes 1/2 day to full sun and well-drained soil.
Pollination Requirements: Partially self-fertile. Plant two varieties for cross-pollination and heavier crops.
Hardiness: Hardy to minus 20° F or below.
Bearing Age: 2-3 years after planting
Size at Maturity: 8-10 ft. in height
Taste: Very sweet, flavorful, and crisp
Fruit Skin: Chocolate-brown
Fruit Size: Large
Bloom Time: Mid-summer
Ripening Time: October
Yield: 30+ lbs.
Pests & Diseases: We’ve not seen jujubes bothered by pests or diseases here in Oregon.
USDA Zone: 5
Sunset Western Zone: 6-16, 18-24, H1
Sunset Northeast Zone: 31, 32, 34, 39