Duke of Argyll's Tea-tree - Lycium barbarum

    Alt Name
    Goji berry and as Duke of Argyll's Teaplant

    This is a deciduous shrub which reaches 2.5 metres, and the arching branches have a few spines. Leaves alternate or in small clusters, narrowly elliptical and widest at the middle. Flowers purple, becoming browner, trumpet shaped, 8 to 9 mm long, with protruding stamens. Fruit a small rather elongate orangey red berry.

    Similar Species

    Lycium chinense

    Identification difficulty

    Hedges and scrub, often over old walls.

    When to see it

    June to September.

    Life History


    UK Status

    Widely naturalised in England, scarcer elsewhere in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 53 of the 617 tetrads.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

    Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

    UK Map