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Chinee apple

Weed Habitat 

Chinee apple is native to southern Asia and eastern Africa and was imported for its fruits by miners last century. It is now widespread in the drier parts of the tropics in cleared areas, areas of sparse vegetation, along water courses and in exposed areas, and can form dense thickets which restrict stock management, accessibility, and land production. 


  • A thorny, spreading deciduous tree to 8m high and 10m wide, with densely branched stems.
  • Branches are zig-zag with a leaf and a thorn at each inflection point.
  • Three-nerved leaves are rounded, alternate, glossy green above and almost white beneath, margins toothed, elliptical but asymmetrical at base.
  • Small, greenish-white flowers in clusters in the leaf axils have an unpleasant smell.
  • Round, edible fruits are pale yellow or orange when ripe, and similar in size and structure to a cherry.

Chinee apple Ziziphus mauritianaChinee apple Ziziphus mauritianaChinee apple Ziziphus mauritianaChinee apple Ziziphus mauritiana


Plant Type

Leaf Arrangement

Other weed identifiers

Plant Life Cycle

Weed Declaration

This species is declared Restricted Matter under the Biosecurity Act 2014 for further information on declaration refer to your Local Government or the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries

Weed Spread