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Elaeagnus spp? with photo

Posted by txtarheel Z7a, central NC (My Page) on
Wed, Jul 13, 05 at 17:01

My husband and I have been in our current house since last October. We've been trying to identify many of the plants we have - it's been a challenge, the last owner was a landscape designer and planted many rare and obscure cultivars.

Anyway, we have a massie planting along the forest of what I suspect are Elaeagnus of some sort. They bloomed with a nearly white, tiny flower in early May and are just beginning to fruit. I'd really like to know what species in particular these may be and if they are edible. I'm thinking multiflora, but am not 100%. I've got a couple close ups of the leaves and new berries posted below. The undersides of the leaves are a matte, silver color.

Whole shrub

Cascading branch

Close-up of berries

Thanks for your help!

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RE: Elaeagnus spp? with photo

Yep. It's an Eleagnus, but I can't get you any farther than the genus level. I see 'em all over the place throughout the woods back home in east-central AL - but don't remember 'em there when I was a kid.

RE: Elaeagnus spp? with photo

it's Elaeagnus multiflora also known as 'Goumi'...
they are edible when fully ripe..

Here is a link that might be useful: Goumi berries

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