Ziziphus jujuba

Indian Jujube or Chinese Date

Tips for Homeowners:

Plants produces suckers from the roots so give this plenty of room to grow.

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A great tree for areas with a long season in order for fruit to mature.

  • Small tree or large shrub
  • Beautiful glossy leaves
  • Tasty, interesting 1-inch long fruit that turn brown when ripe

Great plant for the home garden.

Height: 15-30 ft
Spread: 15-25 ft
Zone: 6-9
Color: Green, White, Yellow

Interesting Notes about Indian Jujube:

This tree prefers moist, well-drained soil in hot and dry climates, but will tolerate drought for short periods.  The leaves are a shiny green accompanied by 2 spines and in the fall the leaves will turn yellow.  The fruit is very popular over in China and when totally ripe resembles a date.  The fruit can be eaten fresh or dried and has some medicinal uses.

Characteristics & Attributes


  • Edible
  • Attractive fruit
  • Mass Planting
  • Disease Resistant
  • Drought Tolerant

Foliage Color:

  • Green
  • Yellow


  • Full Sun


  • Upright

Season of Interest (Flowering):

  • Summer
  • Spring

Season of Interest (Foliage):

  • Fall

Soil Moisture:

  • Average Water
  • Moist, Well-Drained