Goji are a native of China, and are known as the super fruit, for the claimed health benefits of including them in your diet. Goji are high in protein, antioxidants, and an excellent source of vitamin C. The goji plant is a slightly thorny deciduous woody shrub that can grow 10 feet high and 8 feet wide. It has dark silvery-green leaves and blooms a beautiful flower that has lavender petals and a white eye in the middle. The Goji berries are oblong shaped, reddish orange in color, with a sweet juicy flavor. These berries ripen in mid to late summer and can be eaten fresh, cooked or dried. Goji plants are self-fertile and tolerant of poor soils.
Goji plants can handle a wide range of conditions. They prefer a moderately moist, well-drained soil, but they are also fairly drought tolerant. The berries will produce and ripen the best in full sun. You can also grow gojis in containers. Make sure to use a pot at least 18 inches wide to
accommodate the full size of a goji shrub, it should be able to overwinter outside in USDA zones 6 and higher. Goji berry shrubs have long, arching branches that hold up better with some structural support. You can also train gojis onto a trellis, fence or any other solid structure. Due to their vigorous growth habit, gojis can be pruned anytime to control their height and shape.