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Big Lifeberry® Goji Berry Lycium barbarum

  • Hardy Zones
    • 5 - 8
  • Exposure
    • Sun
  • Season
    • Spring
    • Summer
  • Mature Size
    • 120 - 144 Inches
Proven Winners® Shrubs
Big Lifeberry® Goji Berry Lycium barbarum
Sun 120 - 144


Red Fruit

Produces Berries


Plant Type: 
Shrub Type: 
Height Category: 
Garden Height: 
120 - 144 Inches
60 - 84 Inches
60 - 84 Inches
Flower Colors: 
Foliage Colors: 
Foliage Shade: 
Mounding Trailing
Container Role: 

Plant Needs

Light Requirement: 
Maintenance Category: 
Blooms On: 
New Wood
Bloom Time: 
Early Summer
Bloom Time: 
Mid Summer
Bloom Time: 
Late Summer
Hardiness Zones: 
5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b
Water Category: 
Edible Herb
Uses Notes: 


Maintenance Notes: 

Does best in well-drained neutral to slightly alkaline soils. At planting time, sink a 1x1" wood stake near the plant and bundle the canes around it. Let the tips of the stems cascade down, like a fountain. Each spring, move the tied point up further along the stake so that about one-quarter of the growth is above the tie. Then cut the branch tips back by 4-6". This encourages lateral branching, which is where most of the flowering and fruiting takes place. 

Grow superfruit in your own backyard!

Big Lifeberry has extra-large fruit, perfect for using fresh in savory recipes. Goji berries are easy to grow in full sun, although some staking is recommended for maximum access to the nutrient-rich fruit. Add it to home gardens, or grow it in a patio pot.  Find out more.


Big Lifeberry® Lycium barbarum 'SMNDBL'
  • I have had a goji berry plant for several years and it has produced berries for last two years; I want to say that I live in zone 4 and have had no problems with weather as the goji berry plant has not only survived winters here but it has also grown another plant; so please, if you want to try it in zone four or so, do get fair sized (I got three year old plant) and mulch during winter and love it; add it to smoothies; so eat berries, use leaves for making tea and even in salads.

    Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    Lynda Dokken
    Miles City
    United States
    3 years ago
  • I have yet to put this in the ground, but I have grown gojis in the past and the specimens (I bought 1 gal each sweet lifeberry and a big lifeberry) that arrived today look more amazing and well cared for than any other live or bare root plants I have purchased anywhere, EVER, hands down! I kid you not, in fact, I was shocked to see such lush, green, well structured plants inside the well packaged box, although, the fiance can't read "this end up," and it was laying on it's side, it was all in place. way to go PW's, you proven yourselves worthy! :) Thanks for putting some care in the products you provided.

    Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    brandon wells
    United States
    5 years ago
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