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Firecracker Goji Berry - Lycium barbarum
Get more details below on 'Firecracker', a thornless Goji Berry bush that produces loads of nutrient-rich, brilliant red berries that can be eaten fresh right off the bush. Rest assured, when you buy plants online from Wilson Bros Gardens we ship nursery and garden center grade container-grown specimens that are ready upon arrival to plant and thrive for years to come in your gardens!

Firecracker Goji Berry - Lycium barbarum

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Firecracker Goji Berry
Lycium barbarum 'Firecracker'

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 3-8b Find Your Zone 



Special Attributes

'Firecracker' is a thornless Goji Berry bush that produces loads of nutrient-rich, brilliant red berries that can be eaten fresh right off the bush. Alternatively, you can juice the berries or dry and store them in the freezer, which means you can grow several plants and enjoy these nutrient-packed berries year round. Whether fresh or dried, the berries are very tasty and very high in antioxidants and look like red raisins. The bush itself grows upright to about 7 to 8 feet tall and wide with arching branches covered in gray-green foliage. Purple flowers come in early summer and are followed by the edible berries. 

Goji Berries are native to Southeast Europe and Asia. The bark and leaves of Goji are used in traditional Chinese medicine. Goji berries are rich sources of antioxidants, carotenoids, lutein, zeaxanthin, iron, zinc, selenium, essential fatty acids and fiber as well as respectable amounts of protein. They've earned superfood status in the health food industry. That said, Goji berries have not been approved to prevent or treat any disease.




Landscape & Garden Uses

Goji plants are a natural fit in fruit gardens but also are excellent candidates as a specimen, in groupings, or as a hedge in the edible landscape.

Suggested Spacing:  6 feet apart for hedge;  12 feet or more apart for space between plants




Cultural Preferences

The Firecracker Goji Berry shrub is very easy to grow in USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 3-8. Though very drought tolerant when established, Goji plants prefer a rich, moist but well-drained soil. As with many other plants, constantly soggy or wet soil can cause problems with the roots. Goji like full sun to part shade. More berries are produced with more sun. So make sure to choose a site that provides well drained soil. Plants grow well in the dry west or east humid east US. Goji is also a good candidate for container culture; growing equally as well in pots as it does in the ground. 

Note: The longer the berries remain on the bush, the sweeter they will be! 


Tip:  Find helpful advice from our experts under the Planting & Care tab above on desktop computers and below on mobile devices.




Plant Details

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 3-8  Find Your Zone
Chilling Hours:  na
Ripens:  Summer/Fall, varies on region and climate
Pollinators:  No pollinator required
Height at Maturity:  6-7'
Width at Maturity:  6-7'
Spacing:  5-6' for hedge; 9'+ for space between plants
Fruit Color:  Red
Fruit Size:  Small berries
Sun Needs:  Full Sun or Mostly Sun, Light Shade
Water Needs:  Average when young, drought tolerant when established
Soil Type:  Adaptable, prefers a soil rich in organic matter
Drainage/Soil Moisture:  Moist but well-drained
Soil pH:  6.5 to 8.5 (Neutral to Alkaline)



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