Identify Berry?

Discussion in 'Plants: Identification' started by Ed Levy, Jul 1, 2009.

  1. Ed Levy

    Ed Levy Member

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    We are having a problem identifying this cherry-like berry that has a single pit. The bush is about 1.5 m tall and it is loaded with tasty barries. It is difficult to tell from the picture, but the surface of the berry is flecked with goldish dots. A ball point pen is alongside the berry in the second picture.

    Thanks,
    Ed
     

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  2. chimera

    chimera Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    Not sure what it is Ed, but many plants are poisonous. Reminds me of the neighbour eating the cascara berries one year, seen him about 4 hours later. He said "if you ever need to be cleaned out ......".
     
  3. Ed Levy

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    Thanks, Chimera. We planted this bush in a Permaculture area of our garden on the advice of a friend. Unfortunately, we neglected to record this berry and have lost touch with our advisor. If it's not edible, I'll let everyone know.

    Ed
     
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    woodschmoe Active Member 10 Years

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    It's an Elaeagnus, probably either 'multiflora' (AKA "Goumi") or elaeagnus umbellata (Autumn Olive)...the berries are edible, with named varieties of Goumi bred for fruit production.
     
  5. Ed Levy

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    Thanks, woodschmoe. Goumi berry it is.

    Cheers,
    Ed
     
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    Ed,

    Where did you get the goumi Plant? I've been trying to locate one here in Canada. US sources won't ship to Canada.

    Do you have any seeds from the plant?
     
  7. Ed Levy

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    I'm 90% certain that we bought it at Garden Works (6250 Lougheed Hwy). If you have trouble getting a plant from them, let us know and we will save some seeds. Come to think of it, we may have frozen some berries whole. I'll check when we get back to Lund next week. The plant really outdid itself last summer. There were many pounds of berries.

    Cheers,
    Ed
     
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    johnnyjumpup Active Member

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    Do you need two plants to get fruit?
     
  9. MikeH

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    I was hoping that you got it from an online source. It doesn't look like Garden Works ships. It would be great if you had some seeds. I'd have a go at starting them from seed.

    Thanks

    Mike
     
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    We only have one bush. I'll check on seeds next week. Ed
     
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    Thank you.
     

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