Ziziphus jujuba Dongzao - Chinese Date "Dong"

  • Ziziphus jujuba Dongzao is a slow growing, multi-stemmed shrub/small tree from the Far-East. It has gooseberry-sized, edible fruits (taste between an apple and a pineapple) that mature from green to brown in the Autumn. Yellow but tiny flowers develop in the Spring. The Chinese Date "Dong" is drought tolerant, not fussy to soil conditions and is suitable for pot growing. We have lovely, freshly potted plants (15-20cm tall) from cloning (not from seed). (It is very difficult to get good seeds or fresh propagation  which is reflected in the items price.) The Dongzao variety was selected in China for its large, rounded, tasty fruits, regular good crop, and somewhat faster (than a seedling) growth. It is hardy to -30C and copes with all aspects of the British climate.

  Also known as: Red Date, Jujube
  Native to: China
  Family: Rhamnaceae - Buckthron Family
 Habit (UK conditions): multistemmed shrub or small tree (slow grower with zig-zag branching)
 Max size in 5 years (UK conditions):  1,5m x 0,5m
 Main value: fruits, foliage
 Flowers are:   yellow
 Flowering period:  May
 Autumn coloration:  yellow
 Preferences:   full sun with moderate watering
 Hardiness:  fully hardy in Britain (down to -30C)
 Known hazards:    none to our knowledge
 Edible uses: fruits (raw or processed)

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