Great Tasting "Chinese Date" Fruit
Sugar Cane Jujube (Ziziphus jujuba 'Sugar Cane') makes a ton of small fruit even on a young tree. Delicious for fresh eating, this is a very productive - and sweet - variety of Jujube.
Sugar Cane Jujube is certainly a plant you need to include to your edible landscape. Sugar Cane is a great selection for fresh eating, or to ripen and dry into a sweet "date". It's also easy to grow in hot, dry areas and the plants are insect and disease free.
In spring, fragrant small yellow flowers open and smell just like grape soda pop! The leaves are dark green and shiny. Small, pitted fruit starts out green, then deepens into mellow brown.
When eaten green and fresh, they are very juicy, crispy, and super sweet - with a texture similar to apple or water chestnut. As the fruits continue to ripen, they dry and turn a beautiful mahogany color, and can be eaten at that stage too.
They continue to ripen as you leave them on the tree and will darken and sweeten even more. You can pick them and bring them inside to ripen and dry in front of a sunny window. They will wrinkle and can be used as you would raisins or dates in trail mixes or for snacks.
Dried, the fruit is chewy and sweet, and has a “fluffy” texture. It won’t take many to fill you up, so they are also good for your waistline!
There is a staggered ripening cycle on this Jujube variety. Because the fruit doesn’t all ripen at the same time, you have a chance to use them all if you can. Home fruit growers know what a nice feature that is!
Once Sugar Cane Jujube is established, they are very drought tolerant. They will produce fruit when planted alone as a specimen, or they are very productive in groups. Keep them away from water lines, as the roots can get a little aggressive. Try it in a big container in full sun but be prepared to offer study support for the laden branches.
People around the world love Jujubes. They are pickled, eaten fresh or dried, used to flavor tea, juiced, distilled into a fruit brandy, and cooked into marmalade. They are better than candy, and certainly much healthier. The fruit is packed with Vitamin C, potassium and antioxidants that are being studied right now for important cancer-fighting and anti-inflammatory properties. According to traditional Chinese medicine, Jujube reduces anxiety and helps you sleep better.
- Super Nutritious
- Easy Care
- Very Productive
- Pest Free and Drought Tolerant
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|Young Plants to 18 Months|
|2"x2"x3"||Ranges from||.18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume|
|4.5" Container||Equal to||.655 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume|
|3.5" Container||Equal to||.67 dry quart / .74 dry liter in volume|
|4" Container||Equal to||.87 dry quart / .96 dry liter in volume|
|1 Quart||Equal to||1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume|
|5.5" Container||Equal to||1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x5"||Ranges from||.8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x6"||Ranges from||1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x9"||Ranges from||1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x10"||Ranges from||1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume|
|Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old|
|2 Quart||Equal to||2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume|
|#1 Container||Ranges from||2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume|
|5"x5"x12"||Equal to||3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume|
|Plants 2 - 4 Years Old|
|#2 Container||Ranges from||1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume|
|#3 Container||Ranges from||2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume|
|Plants 3 - 5 Years Old|
|#5 Container||Ranges from||2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume|
|#7 Container||Ranges from||5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume|
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Traditional Jujube Fruit
Delicious for fresh eating, Sugar Cane Jujube (Ziziphus jujuba 'Sugar Cane') is an introduction from the USDA Research Station in Chico, California. It is a smaller tree that is densely branched and can be grown as a lower branched tree to help you harvest the pitted fruit if you like. You'll want to watch for thorns, although this variety produces less than others.
Sugar Cane Jujube is a classic addition to your edible landscape. You can use it as a specimen, or the perfect backdrop to your shrub or perennial border or along the North side of your vegetable garden where it will get full sun.
Sugar Cane is a great selection for fresh eating, or for allowing them to ripen and dry into a sweet "date" to use as you wish.
|Botanical Name||Ziziphus jujuba 'Sugar Cane'|
|Mature Height||20 - 40 feet|
|Mature Spread||10 - 15 feet|
|Soil Type||Well- drained|
|Sun Exposure||Full Sun|