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    Hippophae rhamnoides

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    Sea Buckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides) at Dutch Growers Garden Centre

    Sea Buckthorn fruit

    Sea Buckthorn fruit

    (Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

    Sea Buckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides) at Dutch Growers Garden Centre

    Sea Buckthorn

    Sea Buckthorn

    (Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

    Height:  25 feet

    Spread:  25 feet

    Sunlight:  full sun 

    Hardiness Zone:  3b

    Other Names:  Russian Sandthorn


    An excellent large multi-stemmed color contrast shrub or small tree; fine, silver foliage all season long, and very showy orange berries in fall; extremely tolerant of dry, alkaline soils; only female plants produce fruit, requires a male pollinator

    Ornamental Features

    Sea Buckthorn is primarily grown for its highly ornamental fruit. It features an abundance of magnificent orange berries from mid fall to late winter. It has attractive grayish green foliage which emerges silver in spring. The narrow leaves are highly ornamental but do not develop any appreciable fall colour. The flowers are not ornamentally significant.

    Landscape Attributes

    Sea Buckthorn is an open multi-stemmed deciduous tree with a more or less rounded form. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

    This tree will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

    • Suckering

    Sea Buckthorn is recommended for the following landscape applications;

    • Accent
    • Mass Planting
    • Hedges/Screening

    Planting & Growing

    Sea Buckthorn will grow to be about 25 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 25 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 2 feet from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 50 years or more.

    This tree should only be grown in full sunlight. It prefers to grow in average to dry locations, and dislikes excessive moisture. It is particular about its soil conditions, with a strong preference for clay, alkaline soils, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This species is not originally from North America.

    At Dutch Growers, we treat this plant as a "HOBBY PLANT". It is not officially recognized as winter-hardy in our zone 3, however, there is a strong liklihood that it will survive winter. Warranty expires on Nov. 1 season of purchase.

    Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight Soil pH Preference
    Accent  Massing  Screening 
    Fruit  Foliage Color  Texture  Winter Value 
    Ornamental Features

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