National Geographic : 1919 Jul
THE FIRST AMERICAN ORCHARD OF CHINESE JUJUBES (SEE ALSOPAGE 74) There is something fascinating about the beginning of any new thing, and there attaches to this first orchard ofjujubes apeculiar interest, as jujubes will possibly equal in commercial importance the Persian dates, which they so much resembleintaste. The trees areyoung, but itisa characteristic of the Chinese jujube to bear very young. Two-year-old trees are often loaded with fruit. To the orchardists ofourcommon fruits almost the world over comes the dread of frost at blossoming time, but the jujube orchardist's trees donot bloom until May, long after all danger from frost is past in the localities where they thrive. This orchard was planned as a surprise for Meyer, but henever saw it.The orchard is two years old and located on the Plant Introduction Garden, at Chico, California.