Goji berry in zone 4?

I saw a goji berry plant for sale at a local nursery. It is not uncommon to see stuff for sale that is less than ideal for our zone available so I figure I would look it up first. The problem now is that I’m seeing conflicting info on them, some claiming it to be hardy to zone 5, others to zone 3. The bush in question doesn’t seem to be a named variety or at the very least it is just labeled as goji berry, Lycium barbarum.

Anybody growing these in a cold zone? If so what’s your experience with them?

They do well in some pretty harsh regions of China. I have a friend here in Anchorage who has a goji berry- an unnamed variety- and it does great- it’s probably one of his best plants.

My wife puts some goji berries in hot tea and sometimes uses them for cooking. I guess you would want the berry for the health benefits. I don’t particularly enjoy the flavor of goji berry. If you lined up an apple, gooseberry, strawberry, honeyberry, and goji berry, and you were hungry for a snack, you would eat the goji berry last.

Goji berries will thrive in the majority of the US and Canada. They are hardy to USDA zone 5, with maximum low temperature around -18 degrees F/-27 degrees C

Zone 3 its a bit too low for most fruit plants. You can try what i do with citrus and might work for you before winter comes much the base and wrap he plant like you would do with figs, as long as the root its safe the plant will grow again, and in time when the root gets big and beautifull it will be strong enough to grow from 0 each year and make some fruit ( like its usualy done with wine vines in cold climates )

That’s the thing, I saw that zone 5 bit, but I have also seen it said good to zone 3. Like this article:


Moose is in anchorage so it seems at least zone 4, unless that outdoor plant he mentions is in a micro climate of sorts.


Hi! I have a goji here north of the border and I can testify that those are tough, Well, mine is a good example as it is blooming at mid-October and their terrible-tasting fruits are ready about 2 to 3 weeks later. Flowers and fruits are pretty to look at but the taste is not interesting to me at all. We got - 33,2 Celsius here last winter and the goji was totally unharmed. My final opinion? You can pass with no regrets… but if you still want to acquire one come to my place with a shovel and take it away from me!


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named cultivars of them are z5. unnamed are z3. i grew one from seed 2 springs ago and planted it out this spring in a less than ideal spot. its growing out nicely and survived -40f last winter in a pot. how much snow protection it had i dont know? i heard they werent too tasty but ill dry them and throw them in my trail mixes or the chics will get them and the leaves. they love aronia.