Sweet Scarlet Goumi – Eleagnus multiflora
Wouldn’t you love to have a smallish (4-6ft.) shrub that is self-fertile and produces fragrant creamy white flowers in May followed by tasty (and nutritious) little red berries the size of small pie cherries? Goumi fruit is delicious fresh, dried, or in a pie or jam. Scarlet Sweet is a Ukrainian variety. This easy little shrub adapts well to any well-drained site in at least a half-day of sun, and it’s not bothered by pests or diseases. In addition, it’s 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.