|ZIZYPHUS MAURITIANA - INDIAN JUJUBE.|
Indian jujube, jackal jujube, Aprin, Ber, Dunks.
A tropical, evergreen tree growing up to 30 feet or more; it is originally from India, but growing abundantly in Suriname.
This tree has short spikes on the stem and branches.
Indian jujube has dark-green leaves with a light, almost white, undersurface.
The flowers are yellowish and born in clusters; they are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by insects.
The delicious edible fruits are round and 1 - 1½" in diameter; each fruit has one rounded, knobby seeds.
This plant seems effective against melanoma cells due to the presence of betulinic acid, a growth inhibitor of cancer cells.
All parts of the tree are used medicinally.
Used against sleeping disorder (insomnia); it is mild sedative.
Further, against heart palpitations, anxiety, nervous exhaustion and night sweats.
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USDA zone 6 - 11.
Full sun, grows on a variety of soils (sandy, loam and clay).
Indian jujube prefers acid, neutral and alkaline soils; even grows in very alkaline soil.
It can withstand some frost for short spells. It grows very well in the tropics.
This tree can be used for bonsai.
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