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Goji Berry vs Bog Cranberry (Lingonberry)

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Goji Berry
Bog Cranberry (Lingonberry)

Goji Berry is a woody, deciduous perennial known for its hearty, bright orange-red berries. It typically produces light lavender flowers from June through September, with fruit maturation taking place between August and October.

Goji Berry berries are delicious, nutrient rich, high in antioxidants, and are often called a super fruit. Many describe their flavour as being like a tart cherry tomato.

Goji Berry has a very unusual growth habit where it is somewhat like a vine, but also very much a tree. Many growers remark on its unusual and attractive qualities.

Bog Cranberry is a native, ground cover species. These plants generally produce one crop per year in summer. The plants have single blooms. Leaves are bright green, oval and alternate. New growth can be covered with fine hairs. Plants may spread 3 feet in width forming a dense mat which makes it attractive as an ornamental ground cover.

Wild crops of Bog Cranberry are harvested each year in Newfoundland (more than 200,000 lbs/yr). Harvest of wild fruit can no longer keep up with demand. In Europe, 80 million pounds per year of this crop is grown or harvested from the wild.

Bog Cranberry flowers are similar in shape to those of blueberry and may be white or pink in color. These berries are considered to be highly flavored but not as tart as cranberries.

Check out our YouTube video of this plant in the fall right here.

GOJI BERRY QUICK FACTS

BOG CRANBERRY (LINGONBERRY) QUICK FACTS

Zone: 2a
Zone: 2a
Height: 3 m (10 ft)
Height: 0.2 m (0.7 ft)
Spread: 1.5 m (5 ft)
Spread: 0.9 m (3 ft)
Moisture: dry, normal
Moisture: normal, wet
Light: partial shade, full sun
Light: partial shade, full sun
Berries: small orange-red berries (1-2 cm) that are considered a "superfood". Berries ripen between July and October
Berries: tart, edible red berries
Flowers: lavender or purple
Flowers: white or pink flowers
Growth rate: medium
Growth rate: slow
Life span: short
Life span: medium
Suckering: none
Suckering: low
Pollution tolerance: medium
Pollution tolerance: low





Other Names: goji, wolfberry
Other Names: cowberry, dry ground cranberry, fox berry, foxberry, lingonberry, northern mountain cranberry, partridgeberry, rock cranberry, wolf berry, wolf-berry


Ships To Canada: yes
Ships to USA: yes
Ships To Canada: yes
Ships to USA: yes