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Best of the Bunch Sea Buckthorn; Notebook.

IF you have ever visited a wild coastal area with sand dunes and clean beaches, the chances are that you will have seen Hippophae rhamnoides, known commonly in Britain as the Sea Buckthorn. It is a British and European native and naturalises itself in coastal and mountainous regions.

With stems covered in vicious thorns, silver leaves to reflect the bright coastal and mountain sun in spring and summer and bright orange berries, this large shrub will cope with any amount of cold and wind.

It will manage in most soils types and conditions, making it an ideal shrub to form part of a boundary hedge or a shelter belt and requires no pruning to help it perform.

In exposed gardens, this shrub, once established, will become an important shelter site for the local bird population, although the berries are not the attraction as they have an acrid taste and are very sticky.

Because the shrub is dioecious, you will need to have male and female plants to get the orange berries. These berries are now known to be very high in a number of vitamins, carotenoids and many other health giving compounds. A new strain has been selected in Eastern Europe called Leikora that has a higher than normal level of Vitamin C. Visit for more details on the plants origins and the health products that are being developed from the berries.
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Dec 15, 2007
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