Growing Zones: 3-8 outdoors(hardy down to -30℉) 3-8 outdoors
- Mature Height:
- 6-10 ft.
- Mature Width:
- 4-5 ft.
- Full Sun
- Growth Rate:
- Harvest Time:
- Year to Bear:
- Fruits 1st Year!
- Botanical Name:
- hippophae Rhamnoides 'Askola'
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Sea Buckthorn is Transforming the Landscape
- Exceptional ornamental beauty with attractive silver-green foliage
- Delicious fruit with high vitamin content
- Grows well in a variety of locations
- Great for making homemade jams, jellies and juices
Plant a Sea Berry
The Sea Buckthorn is a hardy, winner that seems to have it all. Intriguing looks with the convenience of a self-sufficient shrub, this female Sea Berry has the bonus of producing an abundance of delicious fruit that's just what the doctor ordered. Packed with tons of vitamin C, the first thing you notice about the numerous berries flooding your tree is their striking, vivid color. Hanging in clusters like bright-orange grapes, the Sea Berries themselves complement the silvery-green foliage that surrounds them. Standing out in the landscape with distinctive visual beauty, the Sea Berry reaches impressive heights of up to 10 feet. It also has another unusual benefit: Its nitrogen fixing ability improves the soil surrounding it. Just one more reason to add the Sea Buckthorn to your list of 'must haves' in your garden or landscape.
The Wonder Berry has Arrived
By now, most people know about all of the wonderful health properties found in berries. And the Sea Buckthorn is no exception. Chock full of vitamin C, this large berry has 7 times the amount of vitamin C contained in lemons. Not only that, its assortment also includes healthy doses of vitamins A and E. Although you can enjoy Berries right off the tree, the best way to prepare them is in homemade jellies and jams. It's slightly acidy flavor turns freshly squeezed juices into a refreshing, vitamin-rich treat the whole family will enjoy. No wonder the Sea Berry is one of the most widely planted varieties throughout the orchards of Europe.
The Male Sea Berry does not set fruit. This ornamental shrub is used to pollinate the female Sea Buckthorn plants. One male will pollinate 6-8 female plants.
Make sure you purchase at least one of each to get fruit.
Make a healthy choice. Get your Sea Berry today!
Sea Buckthorn Pollination
Sea Buckthorns are not self-fertile. You will need to plant another variety to achieve fruiting.
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Customer Reviews & Photos
Only one survived
Only one of the two plants I bought survived and I need a male and female to produce berries. The surviving plant is not growing much just a little growth near the base of the plant.
So far so good
Plants arrived quickly after my order. Looked healthy with nice fresh green leafing. (They have long roots so plan on a digging a wide hole.) In the ground they seem to be fine. No leaf drop no wilting no yellowing. Not much sign of new growth yet but it has only been a month and has been quite cool for this time of year so time will tell. They were some of the best looking plants I've gotten by mail so am optimistic.
Both male and female Sea Buckthorn plants arrived looking very healthy. I was very pleased. I am hopeful that these plants will provide the wild life winter food and I will be juicing them as well.
Really hardy plant so far even in our excessively hot climate. Great and fast shipping.
Planting & Care
The Sea Buckthorn (hippophae Rhamnoides 'Askola') is a fast growing, deciduous shrub also known as the “sea berry.” Recommended for USDA growing zones 3-8, it’s very hardy down to -30 degrees and also salt tolerant, making it a great addition to your garden if you live near the ocean. Reaching mature heights of 6-10 feet and a width of 4-5 feet, it’s perfect for small spaces. You’ll enjoy their beautiful silver-green leaves that are commonly used in florists displays and also the drooping orange clusters of berries. The health benefits alone are worth growing these plants. Not only do they contain vitamins A, C & E, but the leaves and flowers can be used for treating arthritis, ulcers, gout and skin rashes. Use the leaves in a tea to help with blood pressure, lowering cholesterol and boosting immunity. While some enjoy eating the berries straight off the vine, the tart and acidic flavor is even more enjoyable in jellies, jams, juices and even wines and liquor.
Seasonal Information: Since these plants are cold hardy, they can be grown almost anywhere.
Location: Low light will decrease your harvest, so be sure to choose a location where your Sea Buckthorn will receive full sunlight. They also require well-draining soil so be sure to amend the soil when planting with compost or peat moss to improve drainage if needed. Avoid using manure as it will provide excessive amounts of nitrogen and stunt the root production. They prefer a pH range of 6 to 7.
1) Dig a hole that is twice as wide as the root ball and equal in depth.
2) Remove your Sea Buckthorn from its container and place it inside the hole, keeping the top of the root ball even with the ground.
4) Ensure that your plant is straight, spread the roots out evenly and begin to backfill the hole with the existing soil, tamping down lightly as you fill to prevent air pockets.
5) Water the soil immediately after planting which will help to settle the soil and remove any additional air pockets.
7) Apply a layer of mulch around your plant to conserve moisture and help keep grass and weeds from growing.
Watering: Keep the soil evenly moist but be sure not to saturate it. Overwatering can cause the leaves to turn yellow and droopy, while under watering will cause them to dry up and turn brown and crisp.
Fertilization: Feed your plants yearly in spring using a well balanced fertilizer such as 10-10-10.
Harvesting: The female Sea Buckthorn needs a male to be able to fruit. One male plant can pollinate anywhere from 6-8 female plants. The males are only ornamental and do not fruit. When your berries are ready for harvesting in late summer and early fall, they will appear firm and have a uniform color. Since the branches have a thorny structure, they can be shaken to help remove berries.
Pests and Diseases: The Japanese Beetle is the most common threat to the Sea Buckthorn, but can be removed by hand or with an organic pesticide.
Pruning: Be sure to prune your plants in late winter to remove any criss-crossing or broken branches. You’ll want to be sure your plant has plenty of airflow and exposure to sun as possible between branches.
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Estimated Shipping Time: Most orders ship immediately, however some orders may ship in 1-2 business days (we do not ship on the weekends) from date of purchase. As noted on the website, some items are seasonal, and may only ship in spring or fall. Once your order is shipped, you'll receive an email with a tracking number.
|Amount of Order||Shipping Charge|
|Less than $15||$11.95|
|$149 & above||Free Shipping!|
You can still order, but due to cold weather, we have delayed shipping to the areas shaded on the map below. We want your new plant to thrive right out of the box, so we will wait on shipping your order until the weather is ideal. This includes anyone in
Growing Zones 3, 4, 5 or 6. If you are unsure of your growing zone, visit our
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We will resume normal shipping in the Spring. Please see the table below for your approximate ship date.
|Growing Zone||Shipping Resumes|
|Zones 3 & 4||Week of April 29th|
|Zones 5||Week of April 14th|
|Zones 6||Week of March 31st|
|Zones 7-11||Ships Now!|