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Sea Buckthorn (hippophae rhamnoides) hedging plants,shrub (good vandal proof barrier hedge)
Sea Buckthorn (hippophae rhamnoides) hedging plants,shrub (good vandal proof barrier hedge) Sea Buckthorn (hippophae rhamnoides) hedging plants,shrub (good vandal proof barrier hedge)

Sea Buckthorn (hippophae rhamnoides) hedging plants,shrub (good vandal proof barrier hedge)

£0.72

Sea Buckthorn is thorny with stiff branches.Leaves are distinct pale silvery green. Orange berry fruit, soft and juicy rich in oils. Very resistant  to frost injury, making it more suitable for planting.

This is not just a seaside plant, although it thrives near the sea especially on sand dunes. It rapidly spreads and suckers to form a viscously spiny grey leaved barrier around 4 metres tall. It is totally wind resistant.
It is dioecious, with separate male and female plants. The male produces brownish flowers which produce wind-distributed pollen. The female plants produce orange berry-like fruit 69 millimetres (0.240.35 in) in diameter, soft, juicy and rich in oils. It is not possible to establish whether there are male or female plants until they are at least 4/5 years old. The roots distribute rapidly and extensively, providing a non-leguminous nitrogen fixation role in surrounding soils.
 

Landscape uses - Sea-buckthorn is also a popular garden and landscaping shrub, particularly making a good vandal-proof barrier hedge with an aggressive basal shoot system exploited in some parts of the world as wind breaks and to stabilize riverbanks and steep slopes. They have value in northern climates for their landscape qualities, as the colorful berry clusters are retained through winter. Branches may be used by florists for designing ornaments. Sea-buckthorn is distributed free of charge to Canadian prairie farmers by PFRA to be used in shelterbelts.

 

Nutrients and potential health effects -Sea-buckthorn berries are edible and nutritious, though acidic (astringent) and oily, unpleasant to eat raw, unless 'bletted' (frosted to reduce the astringency) and/or mixed as a drink with sweeter substances such as apple or grape juice.

When the berries are pressed, the resulting sea-buckthorn juice separates into three layers: on top is a thick, orange cream; in the middle, a layer containing sea-buckthorn's characteristic high content of saturated and polyunsaturated fats; and the bottom layer is sediment and juice. Containing fat sources applicable for cosmetic purposes, the upper two layers can be processed for skin creams and liniments, whereas the bottom layer can be used for edible products like syrup.

Nutrient and phytochemical constituents of sea-buckthorn berries are under basic research in inflammatory disorders, cancer mechanisms or positive effect on bone marrow after chemotherapy, or other diseases, although no specific health benefits have yet been proven by clinical research in humans.

The fruit of the plant has a high vitamin C content in a range of 114 to 1550 mg per 100 grams with an average content (695 mg per 100 grams) about 15 times greater than oranges (45 mg per 100 grams) placing sea-buckthorn fruit among the most enriched plant sources of vitamin C. The fruit also contains dense contents of carotenoids, vitamin E, amino acids, dietary minerals, β-sitosterol and polyphenols. Flavonols were found to be the predominating polyphenols while phenolic acids and flavan-3-ols (catechins) represent minor components. Of the seven flavonols identified, isorhamnetin 3-O-glycosides were highest quantitatively.


 Consumer products -Sea-buckthorn fruit can be used to make pies, jams, lotions, fruit wines and liquors. The juice or pulp has other potential applications in foods or beverages. In Mongolia, it is made into a juice drink, with concentrates also available. In Finland, it is used as a nutritional ingredient in baby food.

Size: Height approx.3 meters by 3 meters spread
Environment: Can tolerate the sun best on loam/sand conditions. Good plant for exposed position.
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Sea Buckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides) 40-60 BAREROOTED £2.16 £1.62 £1.08 £0.94 £0.72
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