Lycium tibeticum (Tibetan goji, boxthorn, desert thorn)

  • Its seeds were brought from Tibet almost 30 years ago; out of many seedlings one plant was selected because it gave sweet and nice fruits; our in vitro shrubs bear fruits which are as sweet as those produced by their mother shrub.
  • Grows into a strongly branched shrub with numerous dense arching branches, reaching 2-3 m in height, covered with long matt lanceolate thick leaves which are grey green in hue; a young shrub needs to be staked but when mature its branches become strong and thick enough and supports are no longer needed.
  • Displays purple flowers on long stems developed individually or gathered in clusters of several in the corners of leaves; blooms from June to August.
  • Produces egg-like berries, 1-2 cm long, orange-red in hue, which ripen from August till the first ground frost in autumn; they are sweet only when fully ripe and can be left on the shrub to become dry like raisins, contrary to Lycium barbatum (L. chinese) this species (subspecies) gives nice and sweet berries with a slight bitter aftertaste, it bears fruits on annual branches and quickly enters the flowering and fruiting seasons; its fruits are low calorie and contain many minerals and vitamins, recommended to be enjoyed raw and as dried fruits.
  • Prefers sunny or half-shaded positions.
  • Extremely drought tolerant.
  • Its origin shows to considerable cold hardiness; the oldest mature specimen known to us  thrive in Slovakia.