Just Fruits Goumi – Eleagnus multiflora
This fast-growing shrub has many excellent qualities aside from its small red fruit called goumi. Light, lilac-scented flowers appear in April or May, developing into small fruit that can be eaten raw or cooked. The fruit is astringent until ripe, but can be made into pies and jams if picked a little early. Goumi are a rich source of vitamins A, C and E and are under investigation as anti-cancer agents. The deciduous bush can grow in almost any well-drained soil (including by the seaside) and tolerates drought and pollution. Fixes nitrogen and can increase fruit yields when inter-planted in your orchard. Just Fruits goumi is a selected seedling with large fruit, will grow to 10 feet in height but can be trimmed shorter for hedges. Self fertile. Zones 4-9.