Lycium barbarum – Duke of Argyll#s Tea Tree (eastern Asia)
(= L. halimifolium)
Habit: Loosely arching to draping shrub, 2-3 m tall and wide, hanging 3-4 m from walls; thorny twigs.
Flowers: Small, inconspicuous bells, crimson-purple, from May to October.
Fruits: Ovoid, attractive coral-red berries, 2 cm long, coloured from August on, unpalatable.
Leaves: Elongated-lanceolate, 2-10 cm long, grey-green on both sides, falling in October to November without autumn colours.
Demands: Sun to light shade; resistant to heat and drought, frost hardy, robust and not demanding, tolerant of urban pollution.
Soil: Anywhere except acidic substrates, tolerant of salt.
Note: Tolerates any cutting
Hardiness: Zone 5a