Sea Buckthorn Hedge Plants Description
Sea Buckthorn, also known as Sea Berry and even Siberian Pineapple, is a UK native hedgerow and one of the components in our Native Coastal Hedging Packs, which feature species ideal for coastal locations. 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.
For a good supply of berries, it needs to be in a sunny situation. You can see more edible hedging choices here. 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. See also our Alder Hedging page which is another hedge plant that can improve soil with nitrogen to the benefit of other plants nearby.
The leaves are long and narrow and initially silvery on both upper and undersides, but turning sage green with maturity, making them similar in appearance to Rosemary whilst not being a fragrant hedging plant. This plant spreads quickly, both by sucker and seed, so it needs a little bit of maintenance.
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. The berries are edible and full of Vitamin C - up to 15 times the amount contained in oranges (but can have a purging effect - you were warned!) 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.
To find out more about Sea Buckthorn, read our blog post Sea Buckthorn - Nature's Most Balanced Fruit.
Bare root plants are only available from November to late April/early May.
See also our range of flowering hedge plants and our intruder proof hedging plants.
Youll see our recommended planting densities for each size and root type listed next to the products below. We suggest that you use these as a guide, taking into consideration how long youre willing to wait to see your finished hedge. As a rough indication bare roots can be planted at anything from 3 to 7 per metre and cell grown between 4 and 6 - the higher densities here would need to be planted in a double staggered row or zig-zag.
For more information on planting distances please see our planting density advice section
. Prices shown are the price per plant unless otherwise stated.
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.
is available on all orders providing they meet the minimum spend criteria for the size of box or pallet. Pallet deliveries and large box deliveries for tall plants are indicated by icons on the product table listings. Delivery costs and minimum order details for each packaging type are as follows:
|Packaging Type||Standard Delivery Charge||Minimum Order Values (incl VAT) for FREE Delivery|
|Small Box (Bare Roots up to 1.2m)||£12 delivery charge (orders up to £100 incl VAT) ||Orders of £100 and over - FREE|
|Box (Pots up to and incl. 7.5L)||£12 delivery charge (orders up to £100 incl VAT) ||Orders of £100 and over - FREE|
|Large/Tall Box (Tall bare roots 1.2m +)||£18 delivery charge (orders up to £120 incl VAT)||Orders of £120 and over - FREE|
|Pallet (Root balls, large pots, trees etc)||£60 delivery charge (orders up to £240 incl VAT)||Orders of £240 and over - FREE|
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