Episode #371 | Original Air Date: August 2, 2021
Chinese jujube is an attractive fruiting tree that can be grown throughout Florida. The fruits start out green and turn red or mahogany once they’re mature. They look somewhat like cherries but taste like apples.
The trees are prized for their ornamental qualities. The branches may have thorns and grow in an interesting zig-zag pattern.
Chinese jujube can be planted in full sun or partial shade. They enjoy hot summers but will also tolerate cold winters. This deciduous tree can grow 25 to 40 feet tall, and may require some pruning to maintain a single trunk.
Chinese jujube is drought tolerant once established, though fruiting will be heavier if it receives regular water.
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