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I've only eaten one jujube in my entire life, and I didn't really like it. It was a Lang jujube, and it to me it tasted like a wooden apple. So why plant some? Well first of all, I'm a crazy person who can't stand not growing something. Second, after reading more about jujubes, I realized that I probably shouldn't let one experience sour me on a potentially amazing fruit for Houston.

I read that Lang is actually a variety that it better for drying, not fresh eating. According to several sources, the varieties 'Honey Jar', 'Sherwood', 'Sugarcane', and 'Tigertooth' are the best for fresh eating. Unfortunately, they're very hard to find. Since I have young children, it's very hard for me to make it to the big fruit tree sales, and forget about finding some of the best varieities from online nurseries.

So what can you do? Email Roger Meyer at xotcfruit@yahoo.com.
His website is kind of weird, if not incomplete, but he has varieties of jujubes you won't find anywhere else. Before ordering, I got lots of mixed feedback from other members of the Texas Rare Fruit Growers Club, so I wasn't sure I wanted to risk ordering from him. In the end, my compulsion to grow fruit trees won out, so I emailed Roger and ordered a 'Honey Jar' and a 'Sugar Cane.' $22 each plus $10 shipping. Pretty good deal, all things considered. I also added a 'Honey Jar' to my order for a fellow fruit enthusiast so we could save a little on shipping.

Just a few days later, a packaged arrived from California. I got home from work, anxious to see whether or not the trees were in good shape or not. I was very happy to open up the box, and find just what I had hoped for. The bare-rooted jujubes looked fine, and the grafts looked good to me. I quickly placed them in 3-gallon pots with potting soil to keep the roots moist until I could transplant them to their permanent home in the yard. I can't wait for them to fruit so I can taste the unique flavors of these varieties. If any one else is growing these, let me know how they taste.

Delivery from Roger Meyer.
Three bare root jujube trees. 2 Honey Jar, and 1 Sugarcane.
Roots packed with wet grass clippings and mulch to keep them moist.
Potted jujube trees.
Close up of one of the grafts.


Roger Meyer
03/31/2011 21:37

Glad you received the jujube trees in good condition. If lucky, you should get a little fruit this year. The website looks funny as we have put "placeholder pictures" until I get ny own pictures going. I would be interested to hear what negative comments you've heard so I might address any problems. Good luck, Roger

Andrew Kochera
04/27/2011 21:17

I ordered Shanxi Li and Honeyjar from Roger a couple years ago. The plants arrived bare root in good condition. Got a few fruit last year, and they were both much, much superior to Lang (which previous owners had left in the yard). From another source I am growing the sugarcane variety... that should fruit this year and then I'll decide which to keep in the ground permanently. Silly easy to grow in Dallas area.

07/12/2012 03:00

Fine info dude

12/12/2012 02:34

I am in Taipei, Taiwan right now and tasted local produced jujube, variety called "Kao Lang #3" very jucy, crispy and very big like an apple, real good taste, bet most peope love it. i can get the scienwood but noway to get it into houston.

Claire Chen
09/13/2013 10:09

I like reading your blog. I have got a lot of knowledge from it. Thank you for sharing. I have a Li Jujube tree in 20-gallon pot, three Asian pear trees, a mejer lemon in 10-gallon pot, five blueberries and a cherry tree. I am planning to add one more jujube tree since I heard it needs a pollinator. Do you know if Li needs a Sugar cane as pollinator? I had a Lang. it didn’t survived. I live in Detroit area in MI. It is zone 5b. What jujube would you suggest? I also want to add a peach, a plum and replace a dead yates persimmon. My Nagami kumquat is on the way. Most of your trees are planned in 30-gallon pots. Do you remove the bottoms of the pots to let roots to grow out of a pot? Thanks.


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