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Christmasberry - Lycium carolinianum (3 gal)
Christmasberry - Lycium carolinianum (3 gal)
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Christmasberry - Lycium carolinianum (3 gal)

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Christmasberry is a woody evergreen shrub, a wetland species that is highly salt tolerant. It is best suited for coastal landscapes, but is very adaptable and can be acclimated to a variety of sites. It loves the sun and produces delicate flowers that vary in color from bluish-white to deep lavender.  Flowers typically appear in the fall, although in the Tampa Bay area they can flower intermittently throughout the year. It is August and mine are blooming and have been for the past 4 months!

Christmasberry gets its common name from the bright red, egg-shaped berries that it produces in abundance in December helping our winter bird population when little else has berries. It has also been referred to as Carolina desert-thorn, which is a reference to the occasional thorns borne on its branches. Although less thorny than most rose bushes based on my vast rose growing experience.

It can grow 3-6" tall. Christmasberry is a wetland species that is highly salt tolerant. It is best suited for coastal landscapes, but is very adaptable and can be acclimated to a variety of sites.  I have it growing in pots adorning my front doors with a base of Frog fruit draping the sides of the pot and it is doing well!