Elaeagnus multiflora - Goumi
This plant is well known for waving at you with its unique silvery leaves — and for its tasty red berries.
Scientific Name: Elaeagnus multiflora
Common Name: Goumi
Plant Family: Elaeagnaceae
Etymology: Elaeagnus comes from the Greek words elaia meaning the “olive tree” and agnos meaning “chaste-tree.” Specifically, multiflora means “many flowered.”
Produces edible berry-like fruits in the summer that are sweet and tart. They are juicy when fresh but may also be eaten dried or cooked, i.e. pies.
- USDA Hardiness Zone: 4-9
- Forest Garden Layer: shrub
- Soil Requirements: Medium moisture, well-draining; exhibits drought tolerance when established.
- Sun Requirements: Full sun to part shade.
- Concerns: Mildly invasive.