Sea Buckthorn

Hippophae rhamnoides hedging

From £9.99

Sea Buckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides) has sage green foliage that is long and narrow and initially a silver colour. It has a very similar appearance to Rosemary and is a great addition to a sensory garden. Its notable bright orange berries are edible and full of Vitamin C and are popular to use in many cooking recipes. It's very useful in wet sites (it does not like dry soil) and can fix nitrogen in the soil so it's helpful in improving poor soils. 

Fun Facts

  • According to Greek legend, Sea Buckthorn was the favourite food of Pegasus, the winged horse and today, many horse supplements contain berries or leaves from this plant, thought to improve equine health.
  • Oil from the berries is frequently used in skin care products.
  • It was used by Russian astronauts to protect against sun burn and even to treat victims of the Chernobyl disaster.

More Information

  • Berry Colour Orange
  • Deciduous Yes
  • Semi Evergreen No
  • Evergreen No
  • Flower Colour Yellow
  • Grows Up To 6m
  • Has Berries Yes
  • Is Edible Yes
  • Native No
  • Intruder Proof Yes
  • Privacy Hedge No

Sea Buckthorn should only be pruned when the plant is dormant in late winter or early spring before the buds open. This will help to encourage growth. Be mindful not to trim all of the hedge back evenly as this will result in a more uniform density which in turn can create low light conditions within the body of the hedge.

Overcrowding of branches is a common cause of low fruit yield, so if you are growing Sea Buckthorn with a view to cultivating the fruit, which is classed as one of nature's superfoods, then it is advisable to follow a pruning regimen which consists of heading back, thinning and shortening cuts to only a percentage of the stems each year. Over a 4 year growth period, the aim should be to have replaced all the branches at some point within that period. The theory is that a few smaller cuts is beneficial for this hedge in comparison to many.

Pruning and trimming in this way avoids overcrowding and lets light into the body of the plant which encourages maximum fruit yield. Regular pruning helps to keep the plant healthy and vibrant but alway ensure when trimming that any dead or damaged branches are removed in addition to the general maintenance trimming and thinning.

When pruning, always use sharp, sterilised secateurs and cut at an angle to encourage healing and prevent disease taking hold. We'd advise to clean your secateurs after each use as good gardening practice applicable to all trimming and pruning to maintain their effectiveness and prevent any possible disease transfer.

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More Information
Berry ColourOrange
Semi EvergreenNo
Flower ColourYellow
Grows Up To6m
Has BerriesYes
Is EdibleYes
Intruder ProofYes
Privacy HedgeNo

Delivery Information

  • Orders £100 and over to mainland UK are delivered FREE for box deliveries
  • Our delivery lead time is currently within 3-5 days. *Some troughs and trees may take up to 14 days at present.
  • Orders under £100 to mainland UK £7.99 (box delivery).
  • Orders requiring a pallet delivery, free delivery over £300 or a £30 pallet charge if the order is under £300.
  • Bespoke deliveries that require a dedicated vehicle is a charge of £300 or free on orders over £1000.
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Sea Buckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides), also known as Sea Berry, is a native, ornamental prickly dediduous hedging plant that does well in coastal positions. It is noted for its plentiful, edible orange berries which are very high in vitamins and antioxidants (use in pies, preserves, sauces and juices) and attractive, delicate silvery foliage.