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Sea Buckthorn

Hippophae rhamnoides

Also known as

Sallow Thorn, Seaberry

Hippophae rhamnoides male flowers by Proton02 (CC0)

Full Sun
Moderate care
Light watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








20 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

Edible berries may be harvested in the summer, these are used for culinary purposes such as pies, jams, teas and wines.

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Hippophae rhamnoides fruits
A Hippophae rhamnoides plant in the wild
Hippophae rhamnoides orange fruits
A close up of an Hippophae rhamnoides tree with orange fruits

Sea Buckthorn Overview

Hippophae rhamnoides is also known by the common names sea buckthorn, sallow thorn, swallow thorn and willow thorn. It is a large, deciduous shrub species that produces thin, willow-like foliage with a silver colouration and thorny shoots. Small, yellow-green flowers lead onto attractive, bright orange berries. These are only produced on female plants as this species is dioecious and thus produces male and female flowers on individual plants. The berries are edible and nutritious but have a sour, astringent taste and are much better consumed after cooking as raw they are rather oily and not very nice to eat.

Special features of Sea Buckthorn

Attractive fruits

Other uses of Sea Buckthorn

Banks, hedging and specimen. Producing ornamental fruits. Spring interest. Suitable for coastal conditions.

Deciduous Trees

Deciduous (leaf dropping) trees often have amazing fall colour.

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Hardy and delightful, these plants will cope with the salt laden winds a coastal garden experiences.

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