Hippophae rhamnoides

Sea buckthorn

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Plant type

Native shrub

Flower colour



Autumn colour, Flowers, Fruit, Attractive to wildlife



Skill level


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Plant details

This large shrub, eventually growing into a small shapely tree, is widely distributed in the wild and planted on a large scale in seaside areas as windbreaks and screens. It is naturally adapted to light dry sandy soils, but will tolerate a wider range of conditions, including very exposed windy sites. The male and female flowers are borne on different plants, and several need planting in a group to be sure of a prolific display of the golden orange berries which crowd the stems in autumn, revealed when the silvery grey-green foliage falls. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Family: Elaeagnaceae

Genus: Hippophae

Species: rhamnoides

Plant type: Native shrub

Flower colour: Yellow

Foliage colour: Light green

Feature: Autumn colour, Flowers, Fruit, Attractive to wildlife

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Sandy

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 600cm

Spread: 600cm

Time to plant seeds: March to May

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