(Hippophaë rhamnoides) Also known as Sea Buckthorn it is widely used for healing in Asia and Europe, where it is valued as a potent anti-oxidant, a source for Vitamin C and healing oil. The attractive small tree or shrub, also called Seaberry, is likely the most widely grown, northern hardy, fruiting plant in the world, but most Americans have never heard of it! In Europe, the sour, flavorful fruit is sweetened and its orange-passion-fruit-like flavor makes fine sauces, jellies and a base for liqueurs. Blended with other fruits, it makes a delicious juice. The plants, native to the Russian Far East, are incredibly productive and a great choice for backyard fruit production. Narrow silver leaves and plentiful round, yellow-orange fruit cover the 6-10' tall, narrow, upright female forms. Give plants full sun and good drainage, and space them about 7' apart or 3-5' for a hedge or an effective fruiting windbreak. They are extremely hardy, to -50° F., disease resistant and easy to grow. Branches are used in floral displays, and commercial crops are harvested by cutting off entire fruit-laden branches. Perfect for New Mexico they are drought tolerant and like full sun. One male needed for about every 8 female plants.
Seaberry Male - The male of course does not produce fruit but is required to pollinate any of the varieties. Used at a ratio of up to 8 female plants per male it also makes a fine ornamental. 1 gal $14.95
Seaberry Leikora - A German variety that will produce bright orange tart berries. Higher in vitamin C and used as a mixer in juice blends or use 30% juice to 70% water for fresh drinking. 1 gal $16.95
Seaberry Titan - Named for its larger bright orange berries, it is flavorful and aromatic. Productive variety from Belarus, it can grow to 10’.
1 gal $16.95