As a comment about Goumi (Elaeagnus multiflora)
Birds go crazy over the fruit & can get into some vicious quarrels over it. The fruit is also edible to man. It has a tart-sweet taste, sort of like pie cherries. Most info. says it is better to make jams & jellies out of it & they say they are superb!
This is a fast-growing shrub. When established, it tolerates drought conditions with aplomb.
The leaves are green on top & silvery underneath (dotted with tiny brown scales), so they flash prettily when blowing in the wind.
A native of China & Japan.
The fruits are very showy, red dotted with tiny silver flecks, obovate, & 1/2 to 1 inch long.
This is a nitrogen-fixing plant & does not require fertilizer. It is said that when it is planted among other fruiting shrubs & trees, the other plants have a higher fruit yield.