Goji is also known by a number of other names including goji berry, wolfberry, boxthorn, and matrimony vine. Slightly sweet fruits with bit of tangy flavor. Grows up to 10 ft. tall. Bears fruit from summer to frost. Bright orange-red, 1/2- to 1-in. berries have a slightly sweet, mildly tangy flavor. Berries can be eaten fresh, made into juice, wine or herbal tea, or dried and enjoyed as a snack similar to raisins.
The Goji shrub will grow 8-10 ft. in full sun to partial shade, with emerald foliage on graceful, vine-like branches. Star-shaped blooms in shades of white, lilac and purple will appear in early summer, with fruit ripening in July. It will continue to fruit and flower until heavy frost. With no known pest or disease problems and high tolerance to drought, once established, the Goji shrub is an easy plant to grow. Zones 5-9. Product Details
Botanical Name: Lycium barbarum
Height: 8 – 10 feet
Spacing: 8 feet
Spread:8 – 10 feet
Light Required:Full Sun
Color: White to lilac.
Blooms: Early Summer
Fruit: Glossy bright orange-red fruit, oval 1/2 inches long. Harvest fruit when it is 80-90% ripe. Self pollinating. May take plants up to the third year to bear fruit.
Form: Fruit, Berry, Goji Berry
Flower Form: Small clusters of funnel-shaped blooms.
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
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.Remove dead or crossed branches in mid-spring. A heavy pruning can be done after fruiting to rejuvenate plants. Mid-spring; or after fruiting in late fall.
Foliage: Glossy emerald-green elongated leaves, on graceful vine-like branches.