Legend has it that Christ’s crown was made from the branch of a jujube tree because Christ so loved jujubes. Jujube is listed seven times in the Bible.
The most popular jujube tree is the Ziziphus jujube, other varieties are Z. zizphus and Z. spina-chrisi. All three varieties have great medicinal value. Jujube trees like hot and dry climates and tolerate temperatures several degrees below zero. The U.S. Plant Introduction Office brought the jujube to America in the late 1800s and encouraged farmers to plant plantations of this easy to grow fruit tree. American farmers were not interested, so today we only find jujube trees growing in backyards as a lovely addition to the landscape. They have the look of a Japanese weeping cherry tree and never have to be sprayed for anything. I am in the process of planting a jujube orchard here at Boudreau Herb Farm. Since jujube trees can be difficult to find and expensive to buy, I let the secondary shoots of my big jujube tree grow at least four foot tall, then dig and transplant them to the permanent growing area.
Now is the best time to transplant jujube and other fruit trees. Last summer a customer asked me to come by her place between Mineral Wells and Weatherford and dig up all the jujube trees growing all over her back yard. It wasn’t the right time to transplant fruit trees so I didn’t take her up on the generous offer. Ask around and you can find someone to share a jujube (Chinese date) tree with you.
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