Prune to a shrub, small tree, or let it vine!

Sweet Lifeberry Shrub

1-Quart
Item # 36036
$19.95
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The Nutritious Superfruit!

Loaded with antioxidants, protein, and vitamin C.
Amazingly nutritious and so easy to grow, this vining shrub is finally making inroads in American gardens. Goji Berry has been a staple of Far Eastern diets for many years, but the antioxidant-rich, protein-intensive berry is now coming to our plates . . . via an easy, fast-growing vining shrub in the sunny to partly shaded garden!

Goji Berry has been called a superfruit because it so rich in health benefits. Nearly 13% protein, it is also very high in vitamin C, and is a powerful antioxidant. Eaten fresh from the vine or dried and then cooked, it has a pleasant, tomato-influenced tart flavor and herbal scent. The berries themselves are oblong (rather like olives) and orange-red, beginning green and then ripening and remaining on the plant from midsummer all the way to frost.

Native to the Himalayas, Goji is a quick-growing vining shrub that may take a season to establish in your garden. But once it makes itself at home, expect it to put on 4 to 5 feet of growth a year! With this in mind, you may want to prune it down to bush form, and then give it an annual late-winter "haircut." Or, if you prefer, shape it into a small single-stemmed tree. If this is too much bother, let it vine! Very versatile, it flowers and fruits generously in any form, but does much better with an annual pruning.

The flowers appear in early summer, white and lavender. They remain for a few weeks, soon replaced by masses and masses of berries. This plant is rather spiny, which discourages nibbling pests from eating the fruit. It should also discourage you from touching the green berries, which may blacken if they are handled!

Expect this shrub to reach 8 to 10 feet in a single season, or prune it smaller. It needs plenty of sunshine, but tolerates a bit of shade in warm climates. Good soil drainage is essential too. Other than this, Goji is quite carefree, ready to bloom and flower for many years to come! It is self-fertile, so you need plant only one. Zones 5-9.

Genus
Lycium
Species
barbarum
Item Form
1-Quart
Zone
5 - 9
Bloom Start To End
Early Summer
Habit
Vining
Plant Height
8 ft - 10 ft
Plant Width
5 ft - 7 ft
Additional Characteristics
Berries, Bird Lovers, Easy Care Plants, Edible, Fast Growing
Bloom Color
Lavender, Multi-Color, White
Foliage Color
Dark Green
Light Requirements
Full Sun, Part Shade
Moisture Requirements
Dry, Moist,  well-drained
Resistance
Disease Resistant, Heat Tolerant, Humidity Tolerant
Soil Tolerance
Normal,  loamy, Sandy
Uses
Border, Cuisine, Specimen
Restrictions
*Due to state restrictions we cannot ship to the following:
Canada, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Guam, Virgin Islands