Where do you find them?
Can they be grown in a large pot to keep it from spreading?
I'm surprised too. I bought a Sherwood & Li from him last Dec. I also have small GA866, GI-1183, Sihong, & Shanxi Li from xotcfruit in Ca.
All of mine will be planted in Sunizona.
I'm curious to see how your Sihong does. Please keep us informed.
It was the first one out of Dormancy.
These trees CANNOT be grown in a container. They have extensive root systems and need to be in the ground.
Clay is selling some. The variety is unknown:
I ended up going with a contorted from Baker - just looks so cool! I'm going to put a light on it and make it art and edible. Mmmmm
Hi, had been off the site for awhile. I have several of these trees in Yarnell. They are pretty water hardy up there, withstand the frost and snow, held up with the hot summer. I let the fruit dry, then pit them and used them in baking like raisins. I am going to try to transplant some in Phoenix. I did not know they would grow here.. seems like it might be too hot.
They do very well here, but they may be hard to transplant after a few years in the ground due to their tap root. In fact, they grow so rapidly here that it's advisable simply to buy a new tree than to attempt to transplant one.
From FL: Most Chinese jujube cultivars in the U.S. are grafted or budded onto a thorny rootstock which produces many suckers from the roots. Reports from the Soviet Union indicate that many jujube cultivars root readily by softwood cuttings. Root suckers can be an annoyance with grafted trees and cuttings may be preferable. Little is known, however, about the relative performance of rooted and grafted jujubes. Jujubes also can be propagated from seed if the flowers have been cross pollinated. Seeds from self-pollinations are usually inviable. Jujubes do not come true from seed.
Is there anywhere these things won't grow? I accidently tore off the tap root removing a Li from it's 15 gallon pot while transplanting it on my property. It never missed a beat growing much stronger than it did in the pot. I saw it last weekend & it looked great after not being watered for 2 months. It hadn't been watered for 2 months prior to that when I transplanted and injured it.
it will not grow in the true tropics, but it will grow almost anywhere in continental usa. It will probably even survive michigan or southern canada, but very unlikely to bear fruit due to the longer winters there, and cool short summers.
crfg of san diego has placed it in the same league as cacti when it comes to heat resistance and tolerance to drought, and even superior to several cacti:
it is just dripping with superlatives and sure bears repeating:
-arguably the most heat- and drought-tolerant fruiting species that is NOT a cactus.
- despite its superior resistance to drought, it is also quite tolerant of waterlogging, as mentioned by powell's reference above---and by many texans and australians who've tried growing fruit trees on gumbo clay.
-it will bear fruit in the widest of pH ranges, and tolerates the most salty of soils just as well.
-one of the longest-lived fruit bearing trees, could bear fruit for centuries!
-among fruits, has the highest amounts of vitamin c, weight for weight
-approaches or even exceeds blueberries in antioxidant activity, per australian experts(perhaps due to its high levels of vit c)
-one of the toughest and strongest of lumbers coming from a true fruit tree(from personal experience--ebony is harder, but is more brittle)
- some of the longest fruiting periods among temperate fruit trees, in las vegas, you could be picking ripe fruits beginning late june, to early november--from the same tree!
-like palm dates, the jujube is one of the few fruits which resist rotting. When ripe it will self-preserve simply by drying up at room air, with no need for a dessicator, and not requiring of preservatives.
here's a picture of the most venerable specimen in usa :http://www.waymarking.com/gallery/image.aspx?f=1&guid=e8a677d2-...