Also known as Chinese Red Date, this is an edible and ornamental small tree that thrives in the sunny, hot, dry, and sometimes extremely cold local environment of the high desert SW. Fruits are prized in China as a commercial staple, and are delicious both dried or fresh.

Described by legendary horticulturalist, John Dirr, as having "concrete-like tenacity in heat" with "beautiful, lustrous, mirror-reflective, dark green foliage". This tree is relatively easy-to-grow, can handle drought, and is a very reliable cropper due to it's late bloom time.