Sick and tired of planting the same old fruit and veggies? Why not try something a little more exotic, such as a jujube tree? But what is a jujube tree and how to grow it? Not to be confused with jujube candies, the jujube tree, also known as Chinese dates, is a medium sized trees that produces oval shaped, single-stoned fruit which look like dates, but taste like apples! The tree can grow up to 40 feet in height and has glossy, green leaves with fruits that start off green, and, after left on the branch, will dry up and darken. Keep reading to find out how to grow jujube trees in your garden and enjoy its delicious fruit!

How to Grow Jujube Trees in Your Garden

jujube tree

Planting Jujube Trees:

  • These trees prefer warm and dry climates, but can tolerate temperatures as low as -29C!
  • Make sure to use sandy, well drained soil and choose a sunny spot.
  • The tree can be propagated by seed or root sprout.
  • Plant the seed or the root sprout directly in the ground, and amend with sandy, well drained soil.
  • Mulch around to keep moisture.
  • Be sure to plant in a location will little wind and lots of sun.


  • Apply a single application of nitrogen prior to the growing season to help with fruit production.
  • Water regularly.

Harvesting Jujubes:

jujube fruit

  • Once the fruit has turned dark brown, it is ready to harvest!
  • Alternatively, you can also leave the fruit on the tree until it has dried, so that is it more like a date.
  • Cut the stem when harvesting rather than pulling the fruit from the vine.
  • Store the fruits between 11-13C in a green fruit bag.

So now that you know how to grow jujube trees, it’s time to roll up your sleeves and get to planting!

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