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Lycium carolinianum

Christmasberry

This viny shrub in the family Solanaceae has somewhat succulent small gray-green leaves and slightly spiny stems.  The lavender flowers are followed by plump red berries.  Although it's name is Lycium carolinianum, it does not seem to occur in Carolina but is found in southermost Georgia and across the Gulf Coast where it occurs on coastal shell mounds, tidal marsh edges, and on limestone sites inland.  It has been hardy here in Aiken, SC and can make a good show in flower and in fruit when planted in a sunny site and trained up on a fence or other support.  An Old World relative called Matrimony Vine (L. halmifolium) is more hardy and better known in cultivation. 

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USDA Hardiness Zone 7?-10

Characteristics & Attributes

Attributes
Deciduous
Soil Properties
Sandy
Sun Requirements
Full Sun