Growing Ziziphus mauritiana and Moringa oleifera in Greece…

I’m experimenting with growing two unconventional tropical/sub-tropical trees in Greece, Moringa olieifera and Ziziphus mauritiana. I’ve posted some initial photos below and will update as time goes by…

Below is a photo of a young M. oleifera (drumstick tree, horseradish tree) seedling. Native to the foothills of the Himalayas and northwestern India, this is a very heat/drought tolerant species that can survive cold temperatures. Even if the whole tree dies due to cold, the root will often re-sprout. Here’s a link to a previous post from this site with information on Moringa.  Among other attributes, the leaves contain all essential amino acids, are rich in protein and vitamins A, B, C and other minerals. I should have more information regarding this very interesting plant species. There are plenty of online resources for further reading (start here at the AgroForestryTree database). As far as I know no one has attempted to grow this species in Greece. So far they seem to be doing very well. One seedling planted in the ground is the same age but twice the size of the ones (below) in containers. Comments, suggestions, insight much appreciated…

And below is a photo of a young Ziziphus mauritiana seedling. As the trees are somewhat cold hardy and very drought tolerant I though it would be worth a try as well. So far they seem happy and growing as it is very hot and sunny. The winter months will be the defining period. I have seen two Ziziphus zizyphus trees (a small deciduous relative of Z. mauritiana) growing on Kefalonia, which gives me hope. Here is a previous post of Z. mauritiana trees in S. Vietnam, and another previous post with further information.

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      1. Alas, I planted them (it was a year ago). I have a few seedlings. I can ask the current owner of the property where the fruiting specimen lives (my old house) if I can check for new seed pods.

  1. Is Z. mauritiana a larger fruiting tree than Ziziphus zizyphus (we call them Chinese red dates here)? I am going to attempt to grow Z. zizyphus here on Serendipity Farm and as you know I am still trying to source viable seed for the Moringa. We are relatively frost free here even though we are temperate and so it would be interesting to see if we could grow a few of these amazing trees locally. Cheers for these fascinating posts they are very enlightening. Good luck with your experiment and obviously your ground specimen is very happy.

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