Hippophae Buckthorn

Hippophae is indigenous from northern Europe to central China, and comprises three species, of which only H. rhamnoides (subsp. Rhamnoides) is widespread in coastal regions in this part of the world. It is very resistant to sea wind. H. rhamnoides (subsp. Rhamnoides) (syn. H. rhamnoides subsp. Maritima), sea buckthorn, is a deciduous, woody-stemmed spherical shrub, 2-6 m tall, lower in coastal areas, with sharp thorns, silvery, scaly stems, leathery, oblong, light green leaves with silvery scales, unstemmed, yellowish-green clusters of flowers and countless beautiful, compact clusters of orange berries on female plants. This shrub tends to spread because of the rapidly growing root suckers. It is suitable for growing as an impenetrable hedge, and is resistant to air pollution. It requires a sheltered, very sunny spot and lime-rich (sandy) soil, not too rich; for many fruits, plant male and female specimens together. Propagate from seed, root suckers and by layering.

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