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Hippophae rhamnoides (Sea buckthorn)

Skill rating
Beginner
skill rating
Maintenance level
1 hour care
per year
Ultimate height
8m
Max height
Ultimate spread
8m
Max spread
Time to maturity
20-50 years
To maturity

Botanical name: Hippophae rhamnoides

Other names: Sea buckthorn, Sallow thorn, Swallow thorn, Willow thorn

Genus: Hippophae

Species: H. rhamnoides - H. rhamnoides is a deciduous shrub with narrow, silvery foliage and thorns. Flowers are insignificant, and may be followed by orange berries on female plants, if a male plant is available for polination. This is a good plant for coastal situations.


Hippophae rhamnoides is: Deciduous

Flower: Yellow, Insignificant or absent in Spring

Foliage: Silvery-grey in Spring; Silvery-grey in Summer; Silvery-grey in Autumn

Habit: Bushy

Awards: RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)

Watch out for

Pests: Generally pest-free.

Diseases: Generally disease-free.

General care

Propagation methods: Hardwood cuttings, Seed, Semi-hardwood cuttings. REGISTER to read more...


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Hippophae rhamnoides (Sea buckthorn) will reach a height of 8m and a spread of 8m after 20-50 years.

Suggested uses: Coastal, Hedging/Screens, Low Maintenance, Wind-breaker, Foliage only

Cultivation: Plant in moist, free-draining soil in full sun. It dislikes acid soil.

Soil type: Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage: Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH: Alkaline, Neutral

Light: Full Sun

Aspect: South, East, West

Exposure: Exposed, Sheltered

Hardiness: Hardy (H4)


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