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Sea Buckthorn

Hippophae rhamnoides

Also known as

Sallow Thorn, Seaberry

Full Sun
Moderate care
Light watering
Frost Hardy

H7

RHS hardiness

-20°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

8m

Max

8m

4m

Min

4m

20 years to reach maturity

Fruiting

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

Edible berries may be harvested in the summer, these are used for culinary purposes such as pies, jams, teas and wines.

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A close up of a Hippophae rhamnoides flower
Hippophae rhamnoides fruits
A Hippophae rhamnoides plant in the wild

Sea Buckthorn Overview

Hippophae rhamnoides is also known by the common names sea buckthorn, sallow thorn, swallow thorn and willow thorn. It is a large, deciduous shrub species that produces thin, willow-like foliage with a silver colouration and thorny shoots. Small, yellow-green flowers lead onto attractive, bright orange berries. These are only produced on female plants as this species is dioecious and thus produces male and female flowers on individual plants. The berries are edible and nutritious but have a sour, astringent taste and are much better consumed after cooking as raw they are rather oily and not very nice to eat.

Special features of Sea Buckthorn

Attractive fruits

Other uses of Sea Buckthorn

Banks, hedging and specimen. Producing ornamental fruits. Spring interest. Suitable for coastal conditions.

Deciduous Trees

Deciduous (leaf dropping) trees often have amazing fall colour.

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Acacia spp.

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Hardy and delightful, these plants will cope with the salt laden winds a coastal garden experiences.

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