The Li Jujube Tree is a popular variety producing abundant, attractive, very large, mahogany brown fruit. Sweet, crisp, and flavorful, Li’s fruit is the size and shape of a small egg with a very small, almost imperceptible seed.
Li Jujube is a striking ornamental as well as fruiting plant, this rare and unique small tree displays attractive contorted branched, fine lacy foliage, and abundant small, fragrant, white flowers which bloom in mid-summer. Also known as chinese 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.
Jujube likes half day to full sun and well-drained soil. While most varieties are considered self-fertile, plant two varieties for heavier crops. Jujube is hardy to minus 20 degrees or below, USDA Zone 5, and grows 8-10ft. in height. Jujube blooms in mid-summer and the fruit ripens in October. It is not bothered by pest or diseases.
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.
Taste: Sweet, crisp, flavorful
Fruit Skin: Mahogany brown
Fruit Size: Very large
Bloom Time: Mid-summer
Ripening Time: October
Yield: 30 lbs.
Pests & Diseases: Jujube is not bothered by pests or diseases.
USDA Zone: 5-10