Hippophae rhamnoides – Sea Buckthorn –

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Hippophae –

There are 3 species of spiny, deciduous, dioecious shrubs and trees, in this genus. They occur in Northern Europe and Asia in coastal dunes, and in screes and on riverbanks in the Mountains. They are grown for their linear or linear-oblong, silvery, gray-green or mid green leaves, and for their spherical, usually long lasting, orange, fruits. Both male and female plants are needed to produce fruit. Inconspicuous flowers are held in racemes in spring. Grow in a mixed or shrub border, in a wild garden, or as specimens plants. In coastal areas, H, rhamnoides is used for windbreaks, hedging, and for stabilizing sand dunes.

Grow in full sun im moist but well drained, neutral to alkaline, preferably sandy soil. Tolerant of salt laden winds.

H. rhamnoides – Sea Buckthorn – This bushy, spiny, deciduous, large shrub or small tree from Europe and Asia grows 20′ feet tall and wide. From arching, spiny shoots it carries linear, gray-green leaves, to 2 ½” long, silver scaly to bronze-scaly on both surfaces. In spring it bears tiny, yellow-green flowers are held in racemes to 3/4″ long, before the leaves emerge. On female plant, flowers are followed by persistent, oval to rounded, bright orange fruit, to 3/8″ across.

Zones 3-8