Ziziphus mauritiana

Chinese Apple, Indian Jujube

In Stock: 19.698 lb (Total:19.698lb)
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19.7 lb


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Cut (Full Seed)
Seeds per lb:
19.7 lb
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Growing Info

Scarification: Soak in water, let stand in water for 48 hours
Stratification: cold stratify for 60 days
Germination: sow seed 3/8" deep, tamp the soil, mulch the seed bed

Other: may also require warm stratification, so germination may be delayed by 1 year. 

Discover the tropical fruit tree species, Ziziphus mauritiana, also known as Chinese Apple, Indian Jujube and various other names worldwide. This richly versatile fruit bears multiple benefits and a rich history. Originating in the Indo-Malaysian region of South-East Asia, the Ziziphus mauritiana tree has since spread across the globe, thriving from Southern Africa, through the Middle East to China, Australia, and the Pacific Islands.
This evergreen shrub or small tree can climb up to 15 m high and supports a diameter of more than 40cm, with a distinctive spreading crown, stipular spines and drooping branches. It is renowned for its resilience in varying climates, with the ability to withstand extreme temperatures and drought conditions.
Ziziphus mauritiana tree bears an annual yield of 5,000 to 10,000 fruits in India. The fruits are not just consumed raw, pickled, or used in beverages but play a role in traditional herbal medicines as well. The fruit offers high nutritional value as it is rich in vitamin C, surpassing many common fruits like citrus and apples.
Its timber is tough, durable and utilized in a range of applications from lining wells to creating agricultural implements and tool handles. Intriguingly, the hefty oil yield from Z. mauritiana seeds also meets the major biodiesel requirements in multiple countries including the USA, Germany, and EU. This is a resource that can be efficiently utilized in arid or semi-arid regions due to the tree’s drought resistance.

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