Chinee apple: declared pest

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Chinee apple, Indian jujube (Ziziphus mauritiana) is a declared pest in Western Australia (WA). This article describes the nature of the plant with links to requirements land owners/occupiers must adhere to and pest control methods.

Form: tree — perennial

Status: present in WA


A thorny spreading tree native to Asia, up to six metres high and canopy ten metres in diameter. It spreads by seeds.

Stems: Have a zigzag appearance, and have a leaf and thorn at each joint; usually densely branched.

Leaves: Glossy green above, covered with a fine whitish to rusty coloured hairs underneath. Leaves are alternate, elliptical and the margins are slightly toothed.

Flowers: Green and inconspicuous.

Fruit: Pale yellow when mature, almost globe shape about 2.5 centimetres in diameter. It has succulent white flesh with a pleasant apple flavour and surrounds a large globular seed that is covered in a hard stony outer skin.

Agricultural and economic impact

Impenetrable thickets hamper stock management, reduced pasture production and accessibility.

Declared pest category

The Western Australian Organism List (WAOL) contains information on the area(s) in which this pest is declared and the control and keeping categories to which it has been assigned in Western Australia (WA). Search for chinee apple in WAOL using the scientific name Ziziphus mauritiana.

Requirements for land owners/occupiers and other persons

Requirements for land owners/occupiers and other persons if this pest is found can be sourced through the declared plant requirements link.

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Pest and Disease Information Service (PaDIS)
+61 (0)8 9368 3080

Control method

Control methods for this declared plant can be found through the chinee apple control link.

Contact information

Pest and Disease Information Service (PaDIS)
+61 (0)8 9368 3080
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