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Big Lifeberry® Goji Berry Lycium barbarum

  • Sun
Flower Season
  • Spring
  • Summer
Mature Size
12' 7' 3.7m 2.1m
Height: 10' - 12'
Spread: 5' - 7'
Height: 3.0m - 3.7m
Spread: 1.5m - 2.1m
  • Details

    120 - 144 Inches
    60 - 84 Inches
    60 - 84 Inches
    3.0m - 3.7m
    1.5m - 2.1m
    1.5m - 2.1m


    This variety is no longer available from Proven Winners®. The information on this page is for reference only. 

    Red Fruit

    Produces Berries


    Plant Type: 
    Shrub Type: 
    Height Category: 
    Garden Height: 
    120 - 144 Inches 3.0m - 3.7m
    60 - 84 Inches 1.5m - 2.1m
    60 - 84 Inches 1.5m - 2.1m
    Flower Colors: 
    Foliage Colors: 
    Foliage Shade: 
    Mounding Trailing
    Container Role: 

    Plant Needs

    Light Requirement: 

    The optimum amount of sun or shade each plant needs to thrive: Full Sun (6+ hours), Part Sun (4-6 hours), Full Shade (up to 4 hours).

    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: 
    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'
  • 3 Reviews

    Browse reviews from people who have grown this plant.
    • These plants are out of this world. I bought two of the quart containers about 6 weeks ago and it's been nothing but joy in my side garden ever since. At this point they are close to 4.5- feet high and each day I see some significant new growth. I planted them 4- feet apart in the ground in heavily worked soil, with light trellising against a 6- foot high wooden fence . As soon as they were in the ground they started reaching for the sky and each other. Their green trailing leaves are really quite pretty and interesting, also they respond very well to creative trellising . I trellised the bottom runners tightly to encourage upright and side leaning growth and bound and trellised them on the opposite sides very lightly to encourage them to come together in a more eclectic looking growth pattern. Now I have these delightful green shoots that look like they are reaching for the sky while holding hands. When I'm in the side garden, people are constantly stopping and asking what I am growing. I'm yet to see evidence of berries , but I'm certain I will with this rate of growth; However, the leaves are also edible and certainly worth a try . A simple online search will show you several recipes for soups, salads and teas that use these sweet crispy leaves. I'm so impressed with these berries that I've started planning a complete Goji accent/ trellis wall for next spring .

      Serafin Borgia
      , Arizona
      , United States
      , 3 years ago
    • 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.

      Lynda Dokken
      , Montana
      , United States
      , 8 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.

      brandon wells
      , Nebraska
      , United States
      , 10 years ago
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