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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.
  • 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 -
  • Seasonal Interest - Summer -
  • Soil Conditions - Well drained, dry, poor to moderately fertile soil -
  • Wildlife - Bee friendly -
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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