Sea Buckthorn (Hippophae Rhamnoides) 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 can rapidly spread and sucker to form a spiny grey leaved barrier around 4 metres tall so it is advised to use caution when planting out especially near to home or driveways. It's totally wind resistant.
, with separate male and female plants. The male produces brownish flowers which produce wind-distributed pollen
. The female plants produce orange berry-like fruit 6–9 millimetres (0.24–0.35 in) in diameter, soft, juicy and rich in oils.
It's not possible to establish whether there are male or female plants until they are at least 4/5 years old but you do require both male and female plants 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.
The fruit of the plant has a high vitamin C
content– placing sea-buckthorn fruit among the most highly enriched plant sources of vitamin C
Consumer products -
Sea-buckthorn fruit can be used to make pies
, fruit wines
. The juice or pulp has other potential applications in foods or beverages.