[nafex] Elaeagnus family (how to approach unknown plants)

Dr. Chiranjit Parmar parmarch at vsnl.com
Tue Mar 27 13:15:31 EST 2001


One species, Eleagnus umbellata bearing edible fruits, which are also sold
on limited scale, grows wild in the mid hills of North West India.  It is
described in detail in my book, WILD FRUITS OF THE SUB-HIMALAYAN REGION
which is available in NAFEX Library and can also be bough from me.

This species is already blooming these days and the fruits will ripen in
May.

If someone is interested in seeds, I shall be able to help [provided I am
told 5-6 weeks in advance.

Dr. Chiranjit Parmar
Horticultural Consultant on Lesser Known Indian Fruits
http://www.lesserknownplants.com
----- Original Message -----
From: "John K. Fears" <jkfears at mindspring.com>
To: <nafex at yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Monday, March 26, 2001 2:16 PM
Subject: Re: [nafex] Elaeagnus family (how to approach unknown plants)


> There are at least 4 or 5 (probably lots more) varieties of Elaeagnus.
All,
> I believe, share some similarities in culture (they are forgiving but tend
> to like sun and ground that is not too wet).  Most of them are spring
> blooming and fall fruiting.  One, E. pungens (thorny elaeagnus), blooms in
> the fall and fruits in the early spring.  The fruits are a bit dry and
mealy
> and the reddish flesh is visible through a semi-translucent skin.  They
are
> sort of tart with a hint of sweetness (a slight hint).  E. pungens is the
> only one I have personal experience with and it is a common evergreen
> screening plant which can get quite large.  I have one in my yard
(Atlanta,
> GA-Zone 7) that I keep pruned back each summer but is still 10+ feet tall
> and wide.  Not much bothers it (except poor sun exposure and constantly
wet
> soil).  Growth is rampant but the plant, if controlled, can be very
> attractive.  Wildlife (birds, etc.) relish the fruit and it is probably
best
> left to them.  Most of the varieties of the family flower in the spring
and
> mature fruit in the fall.  The flowers of E. pungens are strongly fragrant
> and similar to gardenias but more intense, if you can imagine it.  I don't

> have any experience with the other varieties.  A good description of the
> major varieties is in  the book MANUAL OF WOODY LANDSCAPE PLANTS by
Michael
> A. Dirr.  A hint:  E. pungens grows so rampantly that people use it as a
> screening plant to cover unpleasant views.  Many people don't like it.
> However, I like mine.
> John Fears
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> From: "Robert H." <lostman_amiga at yahoo.com>
> To: <nafex at yahoogroups.com>
> Sent: Monday, March 26, 2001 1:27 PM
> Subject: [nafex] Elaeagnus family (how to approach unknown plants)
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> > I was looking around a nearby nursery the other day and found an nice
> > looking shrub called "Elaeagnus" It looked similar to the Goumi.
> > After just planting a small one the other day, I wondered about this
> > plant.  The guy that was there did not know many details about the
> > latin name, family nor if its edible, so I was just left wondering.
> >
> > Does anyone know if all Elaeagnus plants have edible berries?
> >
> > This brings up a larger issue for me.....
> >
> >   (Please note that I am a novice at all this plant exploration stuff)
> >
> > I have looked on the web for different variation of Elaeagnus, but
> > havent found to much.
> > If you all were in my same situation, what would you do with the
> > plant?
> > What methods would you use to invigate it's possiblities?
> >
> >
> > Would this be a a good plant to try grafting to?
> > Would it polinate the other plant?
> >
> > Just curious
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