Ber (Ziziphus mauritiana)


Ber is a small or medium sized subtropical tree, popular for its small berry like fruit. It grows wild in forests and also on wastelands. A small spreading tree, with drooping branches; height, 5 to 8 metres, irregularly cracked, covered with a thick layer of green moss in the case of older trees and, thus, looking green. Leaves, ovate, petiolate, having very fine serration, 3.8 cm long, 2.9 cm broad, dark green and shining from above. The flowers are yellowish and born in clusters along the leaf axils and this is shortly followed by the rounded fruit which can be anywhere from three-quarters of an inch to an inch-and-a-half in size. Trees are easily propagated by seeds, however, seedlings take two to three years to start fruit production.