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The Jujube tree (Ziziphus zizyphus) is also known as the Chinese date, red date, or just Jujube. It grows as a small to medium sized tree reaching 10’ – 20’ tall and wide. It has a very beautiful canopy with glossy-green leaves. Branches usually have spines approximately 1 inch in length. Jujubes produce small flowers in spring and summer on branches throughout the tree. Jujubes normally produce fruit every year since they continue to bloom into June beating the late frosts!
Jujubes produce a small fruit that can be round to oblong or egg shaped. At maturity, fruits are brown skinned and look like small apples. Fruits may be eaten fresh and are similar to an apple but a little less sweet and juicy. After the season’s first frosts the fruits shrivel and turn a darker reddish brown. The shriveled fruits are chewier and typically sweeter, resembling “dates”.
Jujube is a nice fruiting ornamental that grows well in our hot dry climate.
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