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6th January 2021. In line with the current government lockdown rules, Burncoose Nurseries is closed to visitors. However at present we are able to offer click and collect to local customers. This will be weekdays only, not weekends. Mail order is continuing as normal. However please allow extra time for the couriers to deliver, once despatched from us. Sorry to say that some depots are experiencing high volumes of traffic, also staff shortages.

LYCIUM barbarum

Commonly known as Chinese box thorn, Goji berry, Wolfberry

Excellent for coastal exposure, this vigorous shrub has scrambling spiny stems. Funnel-shaped purple flowers are followed by egg-shaped orange berries
Further Reading....

  • Deciduous - narrowly oblong-lance-shaped, elliptic or oval mid-green to grey-green leaves to 6cm (2½in) long.
  • Yellow
  • Height - 3.5m (11½ft) or more
  • Spread - 5m (16ft) or more
  • Fruit - Plants which produce an edible or ornamental fruit - edible berries, which can be dried and eaten later in the year
  • Tall Shrub - vigorous, variable, erect or wide-spreading shrub. Long, arching branches. Produces flowers in small clusters followed by fruits to 2cm (¾in) long.
  • Zero Rated Item - No VAT on this plant
  • Hardy - cold winter - Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters. May not withstand open/exposed sites or central/northern locations. Plant can withstand temperatures down to -15°C (5°F)
  • Full sun
  • Additional Features - Berries - These plants have berries. - Edible.
  • Good to know - the 21st. century superfruit (scientifically unsupported) Goji berry. Wildlife plant - birds
  • Pests & Diseases - none
  • Place of origin - China. Introduced by the Duke of Argyll in the 1730's. Grows wild in Suffolk.
  • Hardiness - Fully hardy -
  • Pruning group - Pruning group 1
    Suitable for: Deciduous and evergreen trees, and some deciduous shrubs.
    Pruning: Minimal pruning required. Prune wayward or crossing branches to maintain a healthy framework.
    When: When dormant in the late winter/early spring. Some in the summer/autumn to prevent bleeding of sap.

    RHS group 1 - for erect shrubs
  • Pruning group 6 - Suitable for: Evergreen shrubs or climbers that need little to no pruning.
    Action: Trim back shoots that spoil symmetry and to fit available space.
    When: Annually after flowering if on previous year's growth, or in later Winter or Spring if flowering on current year's growth, or as requires.

    RHS group 9 & 11 - for scandent shrubs
  • Seasonal Interest - Summer -
  • Soil Conditions - Well drained, dry, poor to moderately fertile soil -
  • Wildlife - Bee friendly -
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Lycium barbarum - Growing Guide
3.5m (11½ft) or more
Tall Shrub - guide for size not form Average Person
  5m (16ft) or more
 

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