Eastern Shore Food Lab

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.”

Edible Parts

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. 

Planting Considerations

  • 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.

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