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.
Native to Asia, Goji Berry bushes add a hint of the exotic to your landscape. The delicious berries from these plants have been used for many years in traditional Chinese medicine, and have gained a following in the West. Goji berry produce dainty white to purple star-shaped flowers from early summer through fall, adding color to your garden. The tangy bright orange berries are ready to savor from July until the first frost.
Easy to cultivate, simply plant in full sun and space the plants 8 feet apart. Self-pollinating Goji berry( Lycium barbarum) plants grow about 8 to 10 feet tall in zones 5 through 9. They thrive in any type of well-drained soil. Heavy pruning will increase berry production. Easy to maintain, these plants are drought tolerant and are not bothered by diseases.
Rich in vitamins and antioxidants, the flavor of Goji berry fruits is unique. Tart and slightly sweet, they have a refreshing astringency. Enjoy them fresh as a snack or add them to smoothies, yogurt and ice cream. Juice them to make a variety of beverages, including wine. Dried, these berries make a great addition to breads, trail mix or cookies. The dried berries also make a tasty tea. Add the exotic flavor of Gogi berries to your garden.
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