I’ve been searching for goumi in Nova Scotia, if beggars could be choosers it would be the sweetest cultivar possible (I’ve heard rumours of an ‘azores’ variety that is even more palatable than the popular ‘sweet scarlet’, but information seems incredibly scarce!)
Most nurseries look at me like I’m crazy and ask if I mean Goji.
The closest source online I could find was whiffle tree which is, I think, thousands of miles away.
From what I can read Goumi just seems like an ideal wunderplant that doesn’t really have any peers. I’m just wondering what people would recommend — should I buy an unknown seed pack off eBay? Pay international shipping and customs to get a name variety from a California nursery? Go with whiffletree ?
Is there nobody growing Goumi in the maritime?
Hope all is well out there,
I have noticed green barn nursery in Quebec has something they call “cherry olive”, and I’ve seen it mentioned on the permies forums too in my search for Goumi! Does anybody know which eleaeganus sp. this is?
I took a quick peek at Green Barn's picture and description of their Cherry Olive and to me it sounds like Autumn Olive except for the height which they said is 6' (Autumn Olive is more like 12'). The Goumis that I have ripen in the summer and are about 8' tall. I'm sure Goumi will do great for you in NS as it does great for me here in Maine. Well worth getting. I just added some seedlings last year, so too early to let you know how they do compared to the cultivars, sorry!
I also recommend Whiffletree near Elmira, Ontario. You can view their catalog online -- and they are super helpful if you talk to them! I currently live in Ontario and pick up from them directly, but they ship as well.