Li Jujube Tree

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The Li Jujube are round shaped, small fruits with reddish-brown color skin. Eat fresh when firm, or allow to dry, wrinkle, and become chewy like a date. Jujube is also known as the “Annab” or the “Chinese date”. Harvest in the Fall. Jujube trees are attractive, easy-to-grow, hardy, and drought-tolerant. A practically pest and disease free tree. Jujube trees thrive in long, hot Summer climates. Low chilling requirement. Trees are partly self-fruitful or pollinated by Lang.



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General Plant Information

Li Jujube Tree Care and Information

The Li jujube tree, often referred to as “Chinese date,” holds the distinction of being the most popular variety among jujubes. Its round-shaped fruits are larger than those of the Lang variety. When fully ripe in early fall, these reddish-brown delicacies become dry, and wrinkled, and offer a sweet, chewy texture similar to dates. Apart from its delightful fruits, the Li jujube tree boasts an attractive appearance and is a breeze to cultivate. It thrives in hot climates, displaying remarkable hardiness, drought resistance, and resilience against pests and diseases. With a very low chilling requirement, it is self-fruitful and well-suited for USDA Zones 5-10.

Li Jujube Tree Fruit Description:

The Li jujube tree produces round-shaped fruits that surpass the Lang variety in size. As they ripen in early fall, these fruits transform into a rich reddish-brown color. When fully mature, they become dry and wrinkled, offering a delightful sweetness and chewy texture reminiscent of dates. Perfect for snacking, these jujubes are also versatile for use in various culinary applications, such as desserts and preserves.

Li Jujube Tree Description:

The Li jujube tree’s visual appeal is unmatched. During the Spring, it graces with small, fragrant flowers that contribute to its charm. The deciduous leaves form an attractive, lush canopy, adding aesthetic value to any landscape. Beneath the soil, the tree’s robust root system ensures stability and efficient nutrient absorption. Moreover, the smooth bark enhances the tree’s overall allure.


The Li jujube is a prized variety with numerous applications. Its round-shaped fruits are sought after for their delectable taste, making them an ideal fresh snack. They can also be dried to enjoy their chewy sweetness throughout the year. Culinary enthusiasts utilize them to create mouthwatering desserts and flavorful preserves. Additionally, the Li jujube’s ornamental value enhances gardens, parks, and landscapes, creating a serene and visually pleasing environment.


The Li jujube’s rich history can be traced back to its Chinese origins. Over time, its popularity has grown exponentially, making it the most favored jujube variety worldwide. With its adaptability to diverse climates and minimal care requirements, the Li jujube has found a special place in the hearts of horticulturists and gardeners alike, solidifying its position as an indispensable choice for both its fruit and ornamental value.

The Li Jujube is also known as “Chinese date” or “Annab”. Jujubes are very healthy and nutritious. They are small, sweet, and delicious white flesh fruit that are round to oval in shape. Eat them fresh or enjoy them dried. Jujube fruit is green when immature, but turns yellow with spots when ripe. Eat with thin skin as it contains many nutrients. Consider Jujube a superfood that contains a lot of vitamin C.


Mature Size and Form

Plant most fruit trees about 10 – 15 feet apart. Some varieties like Figs, Pomegranates, and Mulberries can grow larger quickly.

Planning is the most important step when planting a tree. Plant your tree where it has enough space to grow to its full potential. Otherwise, your tree will grow into your surrounding trees.  A tree that can grow taller with faster growth will overshadow nearby trees. You may need to move other trees to allow for the one that is thriving rather than cutting back one that naturally grows fast and tall.

Additional Information

Botanical Name : Annaab, Chinese Date
Sun Exposure : Full Sun and Part Sun
Watering : Regular
Harvest Time : Fall
USDA Hardiness Zones : 5-10
Plant Type: Deciduous
Chill Hours: Less than 200 hours
Pollination: Self-Fruitful / Self Pollinating
USDA Hardiness Zones: 5-10

Planting Information

Step One:

Soil and Planting: Plant in soil that drains well. Dig a hole that is as deep as the tree’s roots and at least twice as wide.

Step Two:

Place the tree in the hole and backfill around the plant’s roots with a mixture of the native soil and high-quality planting mix that has washed sand and organic fertilizer.

Step Three:

Create a basin around the roots drip zone so that water collects. Water deeply until the roots and nearby soil is saturated and reaches field capacity.

Plant Care Information

How To Water - Frequency and Duration to Irrigate

Irrigation Water Quantity and frequency based on tree maturity – Fully saturate the soil with water once per week during the early spring. Increase to twice per week as the weather warms. Water 3 times per week or more during hot summers. Provide about 5 gallons of water for a 5 gallons size plant, 15 gallons of water for a #15 size container plant, and 25 gallons for a #25 depending on soil type. Sandy soils can hold less water required more frequently, while clay soils can hold more water and require less frequent irrigation. Young trees with less developed roots require water more frequently while mature plants with developed roots will require less frequent watering.

Fertilizer and Plant Nutrition

Fertilize your tree every 3-4 months. Use a complete balance fertilizer with a 1-1-1 or 2-1-1 NPK ratio during the Spring and Summer growing season, and a formula with more phosphorus and potassium before the tree flowers to improve fruit production and development.

Winter Pruning and Summer Thinning

Prune your tree to allow light into its center for proper growth and fruit production. 

Prune fruit trees in the Winter to maintain size and shape to prepare for Spring growth. Thin the tree in the Summer, and remove excessive fruits. Remove any dry twigs and branches. Cut off any new growth below the graft or very low in the tree, this will direct the plant’s energy to its main branches. Thin your trees during the Spring and Summer seasons to ensure the plant’s energy is directed as desired. Harvest ripe fruit to prevent undesired pests.

Harvesting and Pest Management

The basics of integrated pest management is cleanliness and the use of a combination of methods. This means we use an organic pesticide when the pest population reaches a threshold that requires action. Horticultural oils such as Neem oil is an organic pesticide that controls tiny, soft bodied insects. Use organic Bordeaux and Liqui-cop to manage fungus causing diseases such as powdery mildew, rust, and leaf-curls.

Keep a clean environment, free of weeds and dropped fruit that host insects or attract animals. Harvest when fruit reaches size and store indoors. Use repellants and bird netting to protect your harvest from other animals.

Sun Exposure: Full Sun

Deciduous trees need about 5 hours of direct sunlight for proper growth and fruit production.

Sunlight Sensitive plants like Cherries, Persimmons, and Plums can burn in hot climates if they lack water. Use afternoon shade to prevent this damage. A lack of light will stunt growth; balance is key. 

Limited Guarantee and Returns

Our plants are guaranteed to be true-to-name as labeled and in good condition when received. “Local pickup” means the customer will pick up at our nursery.  “Delivery” does NOT include planting, and customer must arrange to receive items once offloaded from our truck. Our driver may move items as a courtesy, but is not responsible for moving items further onto your property. Returns/Refunds are subject to a 10% restocking fee.


The two factors that determine if a deciduous fruit trees will grow well and produce fruit in a certain area are the Chill Hour Requirement and the Cold Hardiness. “Chill hours” are the amount of cold a deciduous fruit tree need to produce fruit. This is measured in the number of hours below 45 degrees Fahrenheit a plant must experience during its winter dormancy. Paradise Nursery only grows Low Chill fruit trees that meet the chill requirements of all areas of the United States.

The second factor is Cold Hardiness. Cold Hardiness refers to the minimum temperature a plant can tolerate. The USDA’s Cold Hardiness Zones indicate the average minimum winter temperatures of areas. Based on the shipping zipcode, our website will only allow you to add plants to your cart that grow within your USDA Hardiness Zone, and tolerate your climate.

Pollination & Propagation

(Grafting/Cutting) Most of Paradise Nursery’s edible plants are self-fruitful. Self-pollinating trees do not require an additional tree to produce fruit. For your convenience, we have indicated which trees require a pollinator, and their associated pollinators. Only the sweet cherries, avocados, and some plums require a pollinator. All of our other propagated edible plants do not require a pollinator. All of our edible plants are either grown from cuttings, budded, or grafted. This way, we can ensure that our plants are high quality and fruit immediately. Plants will generally begin fruiting within a year of planting.