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Jujube varieties

Posted by bonsaist Z6/ Bethlehem, Pa (My Page) on
Thu, Oct 16, 08 at 8:53

I'm very happy that I planted a Jujube tree. I started picking fruit around the first week of September, and now I've been picking a basket full daily.

Here's the varieties I have, right to left: Honey Jar, Tsao, Li, Abbeyvile, Sugarcane.

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It's very interesting how the different varieties vary in size, color and form.
What's about the taste Bass? Which of your varieties are worthwhile and early ripening?
I have a little Lang and Li only, which will be planted into the ground next spring.


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All these varieties I have grafted into one tree. The most productive is Abbeville. Abbeville has a more acidy flavor.
Honey Jar and Sugarcane are the sweetest. Tsao is a also very crispy and sweet, but enough pulp around the pit.
My favorite is Li for the size, and sweetness. Some of the Li were the size of an apple.

When I first planted it I was in doubt that it will produce in zone 6. I'm thinking of cutting down my apple, plum and peach trees and replace them with Jujube, Persimmon and Pawpaw because they don't require any spraying or care.

Bass


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Excellent post Bass. Keep up the good work. A mid-April 11 degree freeze wiped out the local apple crop not to mention cherries peaches etc. and even persimmons, but jujubes have been prolific.


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What is your climate like there, Bonsaist? I'm surprised that these will grow so far north. I thought Bethlehem was in N.E. Pennsylvania near the New York/New Jersey borders, and QUITE cold. I'm certainly impressed. I've tried to get Jujubes to grow here several times, but they always died off to the roots, and languished, finally succumbing entirely after a couple fo seasons.

And yes, please describe the flavor. I've purchased the dried ones, which are pretty flavorless, and saw some fresh ones once at the store, which were TOTALLY green and had no real flavor, either.

Thanks.


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Bethlehem, pa is in northeast pa. It gets very cold in winter. I've never had any problem with winter damage.
The first tree I planted died, so next time I planted the young tree, I protected it for 2 years then there's no problem.
I tried the dried ones and they are flavorless, the ones they sell in chinatown are picked too green and lack the sweetness.
When picked fully ripe they are crispy like an apple and sweet like a date. Li is more on the dry side but sweet, Honeyjar, Tsao, and Sugarcane are very sweet, juicy and crispy.

Bass


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All of my Tsao and many of my Honey Jars split this year. When they split the ants then show up. Bass, I think yours come in later in your climate and thats good because it is drier by now. Usually I get maybe 10% splitting but this was a bad year; I also got low pollination due to the cold weather during the pollination period. That can be a big problem in some climates. So, while they are almost no maintenance they do have a few issues.

I would agree that apple/date is a good estimate of the flavor. I find Honey Jar by far the best of mine, but I still have several that have not fruited yet. The Tsao is bigger but less sweet and more dry than Honey Jar.

Scott


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I did have a very few that split, but they were still sweet and edible.
Honey jar is diffinitely a winner along with sugar cane. Abbeville was the most productive, I mean it was so productive that the branches were about to break, I hate to use support. Abbeville lacks the sweetness the others have.
Here's the branch with the Abbeville variety:

Bass


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  • Posted by chills Zone 6b Mi (My Page) on
    Fri, Oct 17, 08 at 19:03

I'm up to three varieties, none of which are yet bearing. I ordered So to replace Honey Jar that I thought had died, but when I dug it up, the roots still looked fine. I planted it and it sprouted out above the graft!

I'll protect honey jar this winter, but So and Shangxi Li are both on their own (Shanxi Li did fine last winter with no protection)

~Chills (in SE Michigan, closer to the water than Denninmi)


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Well, I'm thinking that I need to try again, and just really protect them for a few years. It sounds like, once they get past their infancy, they become a lot more tolerant of winter conditions.

I want these. Do you think it would help if I planted a couple of them right up against the house in a sunny and sheltered corner? It's a big enough space that size wouldn't be a real problem, and I assume they could always be pruned to size if necessary.

Dennis
SE Michigan


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Dennis,
I'm not sure how they'll grow if they're right against a wall. I think they'll do fine, make sure it's a south facing wall where they'll get enough sun. Some varieties will grow upright, some are wide and zigzag.
Michael mckonky of edible landscaping told me that he knew of 2 Jujube trees near Montreal canada which I believe it's zone 4 there, but I'm not sure if they produce any fruit there.

Good luck.


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Hi,
Any chance of a trade? Would you consider trading Li cuttings for highbush cranberry cuttings? It's a spectacular bush, about ten feet tall, reddish-green tri-lobed leaves, large whorls of white flowers that become clusters of white berries that turn yellow and finally red. Very hardy. And the berries make good sauce and jam.

If interested, I could send seed now or cuttings in the spring. Please let me know by email to BC08@localnet.com (that's a zero as the third alphanum not O).

Thanks - Bill


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bill,
you'll need to graft the Jujube cuttings. You can't just root them. Do you have any Jujube trees?

Bass


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Hello everyone, Im new at this site.
twenty years ago my dad planted a jujube tree in the back yard,I don't know what variety I have but the fruit are round, sweet and about 3/4". Its a wonderfull tree.
Two years ago I tried airlayering a few branches and it worked,they have fruit now and are doing fine in pots.
This spring I tried seven branches and they all rooted, So now I'm in the process of cutting off airlayered branches and putting them into pots. Has any one else tried airlayering? Also I have suckers I have dug up from four, five and six years ago in pots and they all produce a lot of round sweet fruit about 1" dia when watered well.these trees are now six, seven and eight feet tall.
these trees are fun to grow and the kids and I love the fruit. I also tried airlayering fig wich took about fourty days, (very fast) and asian pear wich did not root.
If anyone would like to talk about any of this please contact me at rgwwhw@sbcglobal.net

Thanks


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I want to plant the following jujube in Tampa FL: Li, Lang, Sherwood, Sugarcane, Honeyjar, and Ga866. Since it warm in Tampa, I wonder if they produce any fruits.


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For you experts out there,
I have few jujube trees at my backyard. The 3 yrs old Li turns out to be very productive (see photo). However, the fruit appear to be very dried (not juicy at all). Is this normal for Li variety? If it is, them I may consider get rid of it and replace with other varieties (more juicy, I hope).

Thanks in advance for your comments,

JIMMY


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I have never heard the Li described as juicy, but it is supposed to taste good fresh, if picked before it begins to wrinkle.


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Sugarcane and Honey Jar are smaller fruits but crunchier and more juice then Li.

Tony


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Lee, the Tigertooth (ie Silverthorn?) is supposed to do well in warm humid climates, you might consider giving that one a try.

Jimmy, my young jujube trees need extra water or they seem dry to me. Do your give them any? Also, my Li's taste better when they're 75% brown, & mine are still green here.


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  • Posted by fruitnut z7b-8a,4500ft SW TX (My Page) on
    Thu, Jul 25, 13 at 12:56

Get another fruit if you want juicy. I watered a lot last year. Honey Jar and Sugar Cane were still very dry compared to almost any other fruit. No juice at all. You'd need a hydraulic press to get any juice for a brix reading.


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Sorry, i should have said "crunchy" instead of "juicy"!!. I apologize for the mistake. Jimmy


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Here is my Li jujube. The photo taken on Aug 26, 2013. I am not impressed with the taste (no sweet). Should I wait a little while, or it is as good as it is going to be? I am thinking of getting rid of it an replace with Sugarcane


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They're not ripe yet. Wait until half brown. My Li's are just starting to turn now. I'm actually having better luck with sugarcane than li, li hasn't been as productive; but wait a bit on the li's.


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Dear bhawkins, here is a photo of my Li as of 8/31/2013. As you see, I have waited until it turned brown as you suggested. It appears to be a little sweet, but now the inside texture becomes soft/dry/ foamy (no crunchy) at all. Is this typical for Li's? I have a small sugarcane three in a pot, and fortunately, it produces several fruits this year, and I have to say that the fruit quality is a lot better than my Li's.

Perhaps, My Li tree is still lack of water, despite I water almost daily?


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Yes they appear ripe now. My Li's seem to get a little better each year, so yours would probably taste better next year. But I agree, the sugar canes always seem to taste better than my Li's. If I had to choose 1 jujube amongst the 12 or so I grow, sugar cane or winter delight would be my choice--considering taste, size, and productivity.


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  • Posted by fruitnut z7b-8a,4500ft SW TX (My Page) on
    Sat, Aug 31, 13 at 12:31

Jimmy:

You are expecting too much from jujube. Sugar Cane is as sweet as anything I grow. But they have little flavor and poor texture.

Actually I've had a few jujube that were OK, even fair to good. Maybe you are watering too much. Most fruit is better with less water and jujube are very drought tolerant. More mature trees watered less, they don't need it, will probably produce the best fruit.

This post was edited by fruitnut on Sat, Aug 31, 13 at 12:42


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Dear fruitnut, the reason I have been so picky about which jujube trees to keep is because I have very limited area on my backyard to plant them. I have the Li tree in ground 3 yrs ago (big mistake !), and have one sugarcane and one honey jar still in a pot because I did not have room to put them all in ground. Now if the Li's does not live up to the expectation, I would want to replace by the one that does -- due to space limitation.

Jimmy


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  • Posted by fruitnut z7b-8a,4500ft SW TX (My Page) on
    Sun, Sep 1, 13 at 12:19

Jimmy:

Jujube are easy to graft. You can graft the Sugar Cane onto the Li next spring. Or just rip out the Li and plant Sugar Cane. Honey Jar is too small. Mine froze out and I won't miss it.

But I I were you I'd graft all onto one tree and then prune out what you don't like. The trees are very malleable via pruning and grafting.


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Dear fruitnut, grafting is an excellent idea, and I would like to consider that. However, I am quite a newbie in term of gardening. Could you point me to a source where I can obtain information regarding tree grafting? I heard that
a success rate is quite low.

Thanks in advance,

Jimmy


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  • Posted by fruitnut z7b-8a,4500ft SW TX (My Page) on
    Sun, Sep 1, 13 at 14:59

Jimmy:

I used cleft grafts with scion and rootstock the same size, half inch or less. Split the rootstock branch open and cut the scion to fit as well as possible. Also used whip and tongue and simple splice graft which is W&T without the tongue. The unions were wrapped tightly with rubber budding strips. Then cover the union and all the scion with parafilm. Collect the scion wood in March or April before growth begins and store in fridge. Graft 4-6 weeks later after the tree starts growing.

My grafts grew 4ft this year despite freezes and severe hail.

There are plenty of grafting tutorials on U Tube.

This post was edited by fruitnut on Sun, Sep 1, 13 at 15:00


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Will do.
Excellent advise !

Thank you very much.

Jimmy


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Has anyone tried coco jujube? :-) it sounds great but I can not find any info other than burnt ridge nursery and one other site of which I cannot remember. They both say nearly the same thing which isn't much? Tastes like coconut! :-)

Also... Are like and sugar cane good for Washington state zone 6?
William


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  • Posted by SasW 8a/b (My Page) on
    Sun, Apr 6, 14 at 10:46

This winter, I purchased one Coco and one Black sea from onegreenworld.com.
They describe Coco as follows:
"We brought this unique variety from the Nikita Botanic Garden in Yalta, Ukraine. It is prized for its abundant crops of golden brown fruit with a unique, coconut-like flavor."
When I asked they said that Coco and Black Sea are two different varieties with different flavors.


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