History:Sea buckthorn is native to parts of Europe and Asia where it has been a source of food, medicine, and fodder for centuries. These seedlings were grown by us so it will be a bit of a surprise to see what the mature plants are like!
Why We Grow It: If you're looking for a dense, fruiting hedge bush, look no further! These cold-hardy plants are grown from seed, and unlike cultivated varieties it is uncertain whether each seedling is male or female. The nodules on their roots help fix nitrogen into the soil, and the resilient plants are salt tolerant. They can withstand the juglones from walnuts and will reach up to 6 meters tall, forming virtually impermeable thickets if left to their own devices. The berries have a wide range of uses and the leaves can be enjoyed in tea.
Canadian Hardiness Zone: 3
Soil Preference: Prefers clay loam but adaptable to different soil types
Growth Habits and Disease Resistance: Shrub reaches up to 6m tall
Thorns:May have thorns
Sun/Shade: Full sun (approx. 8-10 hours of sun daily)
Pollination:A male and female plant will be required for pollination to occur and berries to be produced. One male plant will pollinate 5 females.
Flowering Time: May
Bloom Colour: Yellowish-white
Ripens: Late August to September for berries if female
Storage:Keeps up to two weeks in the fridge
Recommended Use: Nitrogen fixer, hedgerow, berries may be used for fresh eating, cooking, baking, and preserving, leaves can be made into tea, branches and leaves can be used as animal fodder