Sea Buckthorn or Hippophae Ramnoides is one of the very best plants to grow in tough windy conditions. It especially excels in sea side gardens and makes a wonderful formal or informal hedge or screen depending on how its pruned and shaped.
It is a flowering plant from the family Elaeagnaceae, and shares its ability to withstand salt air and high winds with another great seaside plant Elaegnus Ebbengii which is used as an evergreen hedge or screen in coastal gardens along the western sea board. It is relatively fast growing producing up to 1.5 meters of new growth per year. The willow like foliage is silver in colour; white / yellow flowers are produced in early summer and followed on the female plants by medium sized orange coloured berries during winter.
The root system is interesting as it is very fibrous and helps to bind the soil on banks and slopes really well, it also is ideal to grow on sandy soils as the root system fixes nitrogen from the air which helps to nourish the entire plant on poorer soils. Hippophae berries are a versatile. Food items include juice, sauces, jams, wine, tea, candy, ice cream and sorbet. Its tart, citrus-like flavour complements other foods, and it is a nutritional powerhouse rich in vitamins A, C, E and K.
Hippophae makes a wonderful screen or dense hedge in windy, elevated and seaside locations; it is stock proof as it produces large thorny spines along the stems. The small yellow flowers attract honey bees for the Nectar and pollen it produces. Winter is still one of the best seasons for planting new plants and berry producing plants produce their single flowers in spring and early summer attracting our honey bee for essential pollination to help continue the circle of life. Plants of Hippophae can be ordered through your local Horkans Store.