[NAFEX] Goumi 'Sweet Scarlet' (Eleagnus multiflora)
swim_at_svc at yahoo.com
Thu Jul 3 02:00:50 EDT 2008
Well, my one remaining "Sweet Scarlet Goumi", bought from a reputable nursery, produces ripe fruit in the fall, not spring and thus turns out to be an autumn olive, not a goumi. So the question I want to ask you, is "When does yours produce fruit?"
In other words, I have personal experience with "Sweet Scarlet" being misidentified by a highly "reputable" nursery and want to make sure this is not the problem you are dealing with. Despite guarantees, lots of dialog and promises, they never corrected the problem, so I will not mention the name here but would be happy to discuss off list with you if your problem is misidentification and you want more info about the source of my problem.
My true Sweet Scarlet produced fruit easily 1/2" or longer (before I lost it) in the late spring, but I would not have describe the fruit as 1/2" in diameter. Mine were not round fruit. It was a different source than the first one mentioned as well.
--- On Wed, 7/2/08, piper33 at verizon.net <piper33 at verizon.net> wrote:
From: piper33 at verizon.net <piper33 at verizon.net>
Subject: [NAFEX] Goumi 'Sweet Scarlet' (Eleagnus multiflora)
To: nafex at lists.ibiblio.org
Date: Wednesday, July 2, 2008, 5:38 PM
I purchased Goumi 'Sweet Scarlet' (Eleagnus multiflora) about 7 years
ago. I get lots of blooms for the bees. I also get lots of fruit, but
they are small. I picked enough fruit in an hour last year to make one
bottle of wine. It turned out to be an excellent wine (hints of guava)
that my friends selected in a blind taste test over commercial white
wine. The descriptions I have for the Sweet Scarlet variety says the
fruit should be 1/2" diameter. Mine is half that size. I bought my plant
from a respectable nursery, but I'm wondering if I just have a seedling
rather than the large-fruited selection. Or maybe mine was grafted onto
seedling rootstock and the top of the graft died. Does anyone grow Sweet
Scarlet Goumi with truly large (>=1/2" diameter) fruit?
-Mark Lee, Seattle, zone 7
picking strawberries. honeyberries and rhubarb are done. raspberries
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