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Re: gumi


Well, here it's a 6-8' deciduous shrub, looks like it'll be about as wide as
it is tall.  Fairly fine leaves, I think it's a rather nice looking shrub,
stays orderly without my having to intervene.  Flowers are small, white, and
scented, the fruits are red and tasty, but they do have a significant seed.

It's edible, though I originally got it for a bird plant, from Raintree in
the one successful shipment I had in 4 tries from the west coast.  I noticed
J.L Hudson had seeds for it this year.  I don't recall the hardiness, but
I'll try to take a picture of it next weekend (look out!) since this is not
turning out to be a very good description.

I thought about trying to grow some more from this one, but I haven't a clue
where to start.  Plant seeds right out of the fruit?  Plant the whole fruit?
Dry then plant?  I might try some cuttings.

I am traveling during the week for work or I'd try for the picture tomorrow.
I think there will still be some fruit on it next weekend - hope so!

Libby
Maryland zone 6


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "james singer" <jsinger@igc.org>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Sunday, June 13, 2004 3:26 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] weekend gardening


> Hi, Libby. Tell me more about the gumi (also spelled goumi), please.
>
> On Sunday, June 13, 2004, at 03:31 PM, Libby Valentine wrote:
>
> >
> > Anybody else have a gumi (also spelled goumi)?  Mine is now about 8
> > years
> > old, and put out a big crop of berries this year.  Since I was working
> > by
> > it, I sampled a lot of them - yum!  They look like tiny, slightly
> > elongated
> > red cherries, maybe 1/2 inch long and half that wide, and when ripe are
> > slightly soft.  Taste somewhere between cherry and strawberry.
> > Anyway, the
> > birds are going to have some competition for them from here on out now
> > that
> > I know how good they are!

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