|COMMON NAME||CHRISTMAS BERRY|
|BOTANICAL NAME||Lycium carolinianum|
|HEIGHT||Up to 6 feet tall|
|ZONES||Florida & the Caribbean|
|NATIVE||10 to 11|
|SALT TOLERANCE||Salt & Drought Tolerant|
When I first purchased Villa Maria there were 2 shrubs on the property. One was an old Christmas Berry and the other one was an ancint Bay Cedar. Both are still here.
Over the years I have acquired more Christmas Berry because I can count on them to take whatever weather conditions or salt spray is thrown at them.
Christmas Berry is not the prettiest plant in the Keys and often when it looks like just sticks coming out of the ground you want to yank it out – but just be patient and eventually the tiny leaves will appear followed by tiny flowers and eventually beautiful red and poisonous berries.
I have never lost a Christmas Berry plant. They are really hardy and great wherever you experience waves or heavy salt spray.