Christmasberry   Lycium carolinianum

Christmasberry is a super salt- and drought-tolerant plant.  It grows along dunes and at the edges of salt ponds throughout the southeastern U.S. in Zones 7-11.

Lovely lavender flowers develop into cheerful crimson berries, about 1/2" across.  The berries are edible (but they are bird-preferred, not for human-consumin'). 

Like other members of the nightshade family, christmasberry has a vine-like, cascading growth habit.

  It generally reaches a height of about 7 feet or so before the branches become heavy and start to droop, eventually cascading to the ground, and sending out new roots to stabilize itself. 

New plants develop from secondary branches and the whole plant moves itself along the ground.  This is just the effect you want next to your seawall, or across your dunes.  

Try some as an alternative to Scaevola, which is fine for a while, but eventually gets too high and has to be cut and then looks terrible.  You just won't have that problem with christmasberry, with its elegant, needle-like leaves.

Before poinsettias became popular, old ladies used to ask, "Have you got your christmasberries yet?"

We have Christmasberries available in 3-gal. containers.  They are 3'-4' tall.

 

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Last updated:  12/20/2011