Li Jujube is a multi-stemmed deciduous tree with an upright spreading habit of growth. It lends an extremely fine and delicate texture to the landscape composition which can make it a great accent feature on this basis alone.
This is a tree that will require regular care and upkeep, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. It is a good choice for attracting birds to your yard. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration:
Jujube is recommended for the following landscape applications:
Li Jujube is primarily grown for its edible fruit. The fruits are showy dark red drupes carried in abundance from late summer to mid fall. The fruits of this variety are one of the best for eating fresh, but should be harvested when fully ripe. The fruit can be messy if allowed to drop on the lawn or walkways, and may require occasional clean-up. It has green foliage throughout the season. The serrated oval leaves do not develop any appreciable fall color. The flowers are not ornamentally significant.
Li Jujube is valued for its edible fruit. The oval sweet fruit is most often used in the following ways:
- Fresh Eating
Planting & Growing
Li Jujube will grow to be about 20 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 20 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 3 feet from the ground, and should not be planted underneath power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 60 years or more.
This tree does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to dry locations, and dislikes excessive moisture. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for xeriscaping or the moisture-conserving landscape. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This species is not originally from North America.