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- Zizyphus jujube and Zizyphus spinosa.

 Medicinal:  Jujube is known from Arabia to the Orient.  The fruits are used  as a tonic for the lungs and kidneys and as a good blood cleanser.   The  Chinese use jujube to tone the spleen and stomach, strengthen digestion and  calm the emotions.  They are helpful for weakness, low energy, nervous  exhaustion, and poor appetite.  They can stabilize the emotions when feeling  irritable,  sad or crying for no reason.  They are added like licorice to  harmonize and sweeten other herbs in a formula.  A tonic tea can be made by  simmering 3 berries to cup water for 15 min. cover and steep.  Enjoy and  remember to eat the berries after drinking for their full medicinal qualities.  The whole jujube tree is medicinal.  The leaves are said to kill parasites and  worms in the intestinal tract, which cause diarrhea.  The leaves are also used  to treat children suffering from typhoid fever, inducing sweating to break the  fever.  
The heartwood is a powerful blood tonic.  The bark is said to be used as an
eyewash for inflamed eyes.  The root helps promote hair growth and also is
used for treating eruptive fevers of children in smallpox, measles and
Ripening spinosa
Landscape:  This is a tree that can withstand arid conditions and survive on
very little water or an excess amount of water.  The tree has a long taproot as

well as many shallow roots grabbing up all available water at all depths.  The
domestic type Li and Lang will reach a height of 30 ft. while the wild seedling
variety will grow to 15 ft.  The domestic variety is nearly thornless while its
wild form is very spiny and has been proposed to be the ‘crown of thorns’ of
biblical times.  The wild trees are perfect for a tall windbreak/hedge while the
domestic forms make unique specimen trees with there beautiful structure both
in summer as well as winter.  A word of caution, plant them on an edge where
the ground won’t be disturbed because they like to sucker due to their shallow
root system.  They don’t seem to be bothered by pests and are an easy tree to
grow.  They leaf out late in May and have a staggered bloom of small yellow
highly scented flowers in a period from June into mid July and ripen early
September until late October.  

We grow two kinds of  jujube, a wild spiny plant and a more refined,
domesticated tree. We get food from domestic varieties Li and Lang,
and make tincture from the smaller berries on the thorny wild plant.
The large berries, fruit, from the Li and Lang trees dry to a sweet meat called
a red date. These keep well dried for years or may be made into a candy.
Originally from China, by way of California, we have sold many ornamental
jujubes in Santa Fe and Albuquerque.
They are also available at Plants of the Southwest.  
Jujubes are a plant that is well adapted to our arid environment, actually
needing the intense sun and heat to ripen its fruit. Jujubes are an important
herb used for the purification of blood, as a synergestic herb combining
multiple ingrediants in a tonic, and as an energy boost.

The deserts from the Mid-East to the Orient are familiar to this fruit, it has

been used for generations as a trail food when meals are not so easily
prepared. It is said to cure coughs and other lung complaints, soothe the
internal organs and to reduce water retention. The small sour berries are used
for the stomach and as a general tonic. Jujube pits, when aged for three
years, are considered excellent for wounds and abdominal pain.
The leaves
are used for a number of infectious diseases. The root is used
to promote hair growth and in treating such childhood maladies as  small pox,
measels and chicken pox, while the bark is used to make an eye wash for
inflammed eyes

1 pound Jujube