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SEA BUCKTHORN     Hippophae rhamnoides
Also called:  RUSSIAN SANDTHORN

The Sea Buckthorn is a very unique large shrub. Its fine textured, silvery leaves and tightly held clusters of bright orange fruit are sometimes found in winter bouquets.

Large Shrub: Height 4m (12ft.) with leggy spreading form--often umbrella shaped.

Foliage: Fine textured, narrow grey leaves.

Flowers: Plants are either male or female. Flowers not at all conspicuous

Fruit: Dense clusters of yellow/orange berries held tightly to the fruiting shoots. They are single seeded, juicy, and very high in Vitamen C. The fruit which can be used for juice, jams, and jellies is reported to have other medicinal qualities as well.

Comments: This shrub is being actively investigated for its potential as a commercial crop on the prairies. Both male and female plants are required for fruit production.

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