Botanical Name: LYCIUM BARBARUM; Family Solanaceae
Height: 8 - 10 feet.
Spacing: 8 feet.
Depth: Same as nursery.
Spread: 8 - 10 feet.
Sun/Shade: Full sun to partial shade.
Pollinator: Self pollinating.
Color: Star shaped. White to lilac to purple blooms .
Foliage: Glossy emerald-green elongated leaves, on graceful vine-like branches.
Blooms: Early Summer.
Fruit: Glossy bright orange-red fruit, oval 1/2 inches long.
Soil Requirements: Will grow in almost any type of soil, except wet soggy soil, tends to fruit best in well-drained soil of moderate quality. Likes an alkaline soil with a pH of 8.2 - 8.6.
Growth Rate: Medium growth.
Pruning: Heavy pruning will help keep the plant looking nice, and increase berry production. Can also be trained to a support. The older the plant, the more upright it can be trained.
Comments: Often referred to in health stores as the Tibetan or Himalayan Goji Berry. Extremely nutritionally dense, high antioxidant properties. Can be eaten raw, dried, made into juice, wine, herbal tea. When dried they can be eaten as a healthy snack similar to raisins. They have a taste which has been described as having an accent of tomato, similar to dates, dried cranberries or raisins, but drier, more tart, less sweet and with an herbal scent. Fresh berries are juicy and sweet.
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