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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
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Estimated availability autumn 2021 - Not yet confirmed. Could be any time between September and December.
individually £12.50 each , 3+ £10.00 each 

Delivery Information Estimated availability autumn 2021
  • 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 -
  • Leaf margin - Entire - see photos above
  • Leaf shape - Elliptic - see photos above
  • Oblanceolate
  • 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 -
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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