Sea Buckthorn

Hippophae rhamnoides

Sallow Thorn

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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.
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Planning

Difficulty

Moderate

Flowering time

Spring

Fruiting time

Summer

Harvesting

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

Special features

Attractive fruits

Special features

Origin

Eurasia

Environment

Light

Full Sun

Soil moisture

Dry

Soil type

Loam, Sand

Soil PH preference

Alkaline, Neutral

Frost hardiness

Hardy

Personality

Family

Elaeagnaceae

Flower colour

Green, Yellow
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