We planted our one jujube in 2012 and it was merely a twig! We had looked all over the place for jujube trees and couldn’t find any locally, most online are outrageously expensive and we were about to give up finding one when a blog reader put me in contact with a guy in CA who sold me one. I wish we had bought a dozen!
It arrived as a bare root plant and we kept it in the well house for most of the winter, bringing it out on sunny days to get some light. We planted it in the spring and it was probably about 12″ tall.
Today, it’s taller than I am . . my guess is it’s about 5-1/2′ tall. Each of the previous years, it’s produced three jujubes. They’re about the size of a cherry and have a seed about the same size as the cherry seed so we have not been feasting on jujubes.
Tonight we were out looking at the trees and something has been eating one of the three!
The jujube are drought, deer and pest resistant but maybe no one anticipated the ferocity of Texas bugs. I know I didn’t! So . . 1 jujube for the bugs, 1 for Judy and 1 for Vince and since they were golden, they were ready to eat and eat them we did.
As I was walking away, I looked back at the other side of the tree and there were more jujubes! There must be a dozen smaller ones! I was so excited. They have plenty of time to get ripe before we have a frost. Our patience has paid off . . instead of three, it’s going to make probably close to 20 this year. We’re going to seriously look for more jujube plants to plant either in the fall or spring . . whenever we can find them.