Goumi plants for sale

Sweet Scarlet Goumi ™

Selected at the Main Botanic Garden in Kiev, Ukraine, Sweet Scarlet Goumi ™ is prized for its large, sweet, and tasty fruit.

Native to the Russian Far East, China and Japan, Goumi is a very popular fruit in these regions and is now widely planted in many European and American gardens. Goumi forms a medium size shrub growing to 6 ft in height with attractive, silvery green foliage. It’s white flowers bloom in the middle to the end of May and are very fragrant and loved by bees making it a fantastic pollinator. The juicy, scarlet-red fruit is speckled with silver and ripens in July. Aromatic with a flavor reminiscent of pie cherries, it is very good eaten fresh and also makes tasty preserves.

As with other species in the genus Elaeagnus, E. multiflora plants are actinorhizal, growing in symbiosis with the actinobacterium Frankia in the soil. These bacteria fix atmospheric nitrogen, making it available in usable form for the host plant, and indirectly for other nearby plants. This feature allows the plant to grow in poorer soils than it could otherwise.

Goumi likes full to half day sun, well drained soil and usually begins bearing the 2nd year after planting. It is hardy to minus 25 degrees F., USDA Zone 4, and is pest and disease resistant. While Goumi is partially self-fertile, planting two varieties will produce crops.

Latin Name: Elaeagnus multiflora
Site and Soil: Sweet Scarlet ™ Goumi likes full to 1/2 day sun and well-drained soil.
Pollination Requirements: Goumi is partially self-fertile. Plant Sweet Scarlet ™ Goumi with Red Gem ™ Goumi for cross-pollination and heavier crops.
Hardiness: Goumi is hardy to minus 25° F.
Bearing Age: 2-3 years after planting
Size at Maturity: 5-6 ft. in height
Bloom Time: May
Ripening Time: July
Yield: 10-15 lbs.
Pests & Diseases: Goumi is not bothered by pests or diseases.
USDA Zone: 4
Sunset Western Zone: 2b-24
Sunset Northeast Zone: 31, 32, 34-41

Sweet Scarlet Goumi Plants for Sale at Great Escape Nursery

Sweet Scarlet Goumi Plants are a nitrogen fixing, edible and medicinal plant. Rooted Sweet Scarlet Goumi plants for sale at Great Escape Nursery.

Sweet Scarlet Goumi Plants for Sale

Scarlet Goumi Plant Information

Sweet Scarlet Goumi Plants for Sale

Sweet Scarlet Goumi Plants for Sale

The shurbs are self-fertile and produce fragrant creamy white flowers in May followed by tasty (and nutritious) little red berries the size of small pie cherries in late June. Goumi plants have olive shaped leaves with silvery under tones in addition to red wood. Scarlet Goumi is a hardy plant and therefore is not bothered by pests or diseases. Goumi shrubs begin bearing 2 to 3 years after planting and are very drought and wind resistant. Care should be taken as birds love the fruit from the shrub. Goumis’ are filled with vitamins A and E and contain more of the heart-healthy nutrient lycopene than tomatoes. Fruit from the plant has a sweet-tart flavor. Scarlet Goumi can be eaten fresh with other fruit or green salads, and juiced or made into jellies and jams. They are also used for making wine and fruit leather.

Goumi seed is edible, and contains a high amount of protein. A couple of authors claim the seed tastes like a peanut.

Sweet Scarlet Goumi Plants for Sale

Plant Specifications

These plants are hardy in USDA zones 4-8 ant at full maturity grow to 4-8ft tall and wide. Scarlet Goumi is a deciduous small shrub that likes a well-drained site with at least a half-day of sun. It is suitable for light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils, prefers well-drained soil and can grow in nutritionally poor soil.

Sweet Scarlet Goumi (Elaeagnus multiflora)

This variety is Ukranian in origin.

Sweet Scarlet Goumi Plants for Sale – Ordering Information

A picture of one of our rooted Sweet Scarlet Goumi plants is displayed to the left. Please note that this plant was picked at random and the other plants may have roots smaller or larger than this plant.

For more information on the Sweet Scarlet Goumi including a recipe and possible medicinal uses please visit Sweet Scarlet Goumi Plant Information | Unique Edible Plants.

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Elaeagnus multiflora

Goumi berries (not gummy bears) are one of our favorite springtime treats. They’re beautifully bright red with silver speckles and are both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. Plus, their seeds have significant amounts essential fatty acids. Not to mention, they’re ripe at the very beginning of fruit and berry season (May around here), and they’re easy to grow. The “goumi on top” is that their flowers smell divinely intoxicating, both to people and to pollinators and other beneficial insects.

Are goumi berries a native plant?

Goumi berries are not native to North America. In fact, this beautiful and productive perennial shrub hails from the Far East; its native range includes Eastern Russia, China, Korea, and Japan. There, the plants are fairly common and are considered to have both nutritional and medicinal value.

Here in Southern Appalachia, one of goumi berry’s Middle Eastern cousins has become naturalized: autumn olive (Elaeagnus umbellata). Unlike goumi, autumn olive is considered invasive and spreads easily and rather quickly. Additionally, autumn olives are ripe in the fall, around the same time as American persimmons. Goumi berries, on the other hand, don’t spread, so they’re not considered invasive. We still love autumn olives, though, even though they can be overly-enthusiastic. That’s because they also make tasty and nutritious berries and they’re super easy to cultivate. But goumi is a more well-behaved guest on this continent, to be sure.

How to grow your own goumi berries

You can grow goumi berries from seeds or from rooted cuttings. The most common cultivar is called “Sweet Scarlet.” This one was selected for large and sweet berries at the Kiev Botanical Gardens in Ukraine. If you grow goumis from seed, the fruit size and qualities will be variable. On the other hand, if you purchase this known variety, you’ll be sure to get big, sweet fruit.

Goumis are hardy in USDA zones 5-9. They can thrive in a wide range of soil types, partially because they fix their own nitrogen, like beans and peas. These sturdy, slightly thorny plants will grow to become fairly large (up to 8 feet). They bear fruit after the first 2 years or so. According to University of Wisconsin field trials, goumis have good potential for commercial production, including mechanical harvesting. In our trials, we’ve found that toddlers and young children also do a fabulous job at harvesting (into their own mouths).

Where to get goumi berries to plant

Several plant nurseries around the country sell both live plants (the well-known Sweet Scarlet cultivar), and some sell seeds. Additionally, if you know anyone who grows goumi berries, you can propagate more of them from seed (but remember, their fruit characteristics will be variable in this case). One source for goumi berry plants and seeds is Burnt Ridge Nursery in the Pacific Northwest. They’ll ship plants anywhere in the country. Another great source, including cultivars other than “sweet scarlet,” is One Green World Nursery.

If goumis get you going and you’re excited to learn more about unusual, useful plants, including how to add them to your landscape, join us! Each September we host a Permaculture Design Course, and we teach about lots of our favorite plants.

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