Indian Jujube, Chinese Date - The fruits have medicinal... more
Ziziphus mauritana (jujuba) - seeds
Indian Jujube, Chinese Date - The fruits have medicinal use and are considered to be cooling and tonic. These small acid fruits are liked by children as well as by adults. A small spreading tree, with drooping branches grows readily and quickly on poor ground. Even moderately saline soils are tolerated. The tree will thrive without any special care. All parts of the plant have medicinal uses. Soak seeds for 2 days, changing water daily. Plant 1" deep, keep warm and damp. Slow germinating.
One of the most widespread of South Africa's tree... more
Ziziphus mucronata - seeds
One of the most widespread of South Africa's tree species. The glossy, drooping leaves are conspicuously three-veined from the base. The branches are usually covered with stipular spines, one curved and one straight. Inconspicuous yellowish flowers are borne in clusters and produce abundant nectar that attract many insects, especially bees. The roundish fruits are russet-colored when mature and contain a dry meal-like pulp. During the Anglo-Boer War, the seeds were ground and the powder used as a coffee substitute. It is a very rewarding garden tree, growing well in any climate but a cold, wet one. It is drought and frost resistant and is a good choice for gardens where little else can grow.