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Sea Buckthorn (Seaberry) vs Sandbar Willow

Hippophae rhamnoides L.

Salix exigua

Sea Buckthorn (Seaberry)
Sandbar Willow

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.

Sandbar Willow is a deciduous species native to much of North America. This mid-sized, fast-growing shrub can be found in very wet areas, making it an ideal plan to use in a wet area with erosion risk.

Sandbar Willow has long, narrow green leaves, and its grassy narrow stems give it an attractive, bamboo-like appearance.

All willow are important to native pollinators each spring as they have higher amounts of pollen and nectar early each growing season when other food sources are scarce.

SEA BUCKTHORN (SEABERRY) QUICK FACTS

SANDBAR WILLOW QUICK FACTS

Zone: 2b
Zone: 2a
Height: 5 m (15 ft)
Height: 4 m (13 ft)
Spread: 4 m (12 ft)
Moisture: dry, normal
Moisture: any
Light: full sun
Light: partial shade, full sun
Fuzz/fluff: yes
Catkins: yes
Fall colour: yellow
Berries: small berries that can be used for making jelly and wine, even medicines
Growth rate: medium
Growth rate: fast
Life span: medium
Maintenance: low
Maintenance: low
Suckering: high
Suckering: medium
Pollution tolerance: high
Pollution tolerance: medium

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

Between row spacing: 5 m (16 ft)





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