Red Gem Goumi – Eleagnus multiflora
Red Gem goumi is also from the Ukraine and like the Sweet Scarlet is a sweet, larger fruiting selection. This easy little shrub adapts well to any well-drained site in at least a half-day of sun, and it is not bothered by pests or diseases. In addition, its actually a nitrogen-fixing plant, meaning it requires little fertilizer and makes a beneficial companion to other nearby fruiting plants. Bees love the flowers too! Goumi is also highly valued as a medicinal plant for many purposes. Begins bearing young, at 2-3 years. Zones 4-8.