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Sea Buckthorn (Seaberry) vs Highbush Cranberry

Hippophae rhamnoides L.

Viburnum trilobum

Sea Buckthorn (Seaberry)
Highbush Cranberry

Sea Buckthorn (increasingly known as Seaberry) is a shrub that produces attractive berries high in vitamin C.

While we can't confirm claims that the berries are effective in treating various ailments, many people believe consuming the berries helps with arthritis, infections, and asthma, among other things.

Because Sea Buckthorn plants have attractive pale silvery-green leaves, dense branches, and large thorns, people like to grow them in ornamental hedges or as a first row in a shelterbelt.

This species is also known as one of the more salt-tolerant species for those with saline soils.

Very popular with permaculture types who use the nitrogen fixing properties of this plant to benefit other nearby fruits.

Note: these plants typically reach maturity and make their sex easily known (females producing fruit) in their 3rd or 4th year of growth. Our seedlings are too young to identify their sex.

Highbush Cranberry produces attractive white flowers in late June and bears edible fruit that matures to a bright red colour in the late summer.

This shrub, native to much of Canada, is fast growing, and its fruit can be eaten raw or cooked into a sauce to serve with various proteins. Consider buying one for your next home landscaping project.

SEA BUCKTHORN (SEABERRY) QUICK FACTS

HIGHBUSH CRANBERRY QUICK FACTS

Zone: 2b
Zone: 2a
Height: 5 m (15 ft)
Height: 4 m (13 ft)
Spread: 4 m (12 ft)
Spread: 2.7 m (9 ft)
Moisture: dry, normal
Moisture: normal
Light: full sun
Light: partial shade, full sun
Fall colour: red
Berries: small berries that can be used for making jelly and wine, even medicines
Berries: edible red berries
Flowers: white clusters
Bark: gray and rough with a scaly texture
Growth rate: medium
Growth rate: medium
Life span: medium
Life span: medium
Maintenance: low
Maintenance: low
Suckering: high
Suckering: none
Pollution tolerance: high
Pollution tolerance: high

In row spacing: 0.9 - 1.2 m (3 - 4 ft)

In row spacing: 0.6 m (2.0 ft)
Between row spacing: 5 m (16 ft)
Between row spacing: 5 m (16 ft)





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