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Sea Buckthorn (Seaberry) vs Russian Almond

Hippophae rhamnoides L.

Prunus tenella

Sea Buckthorn (Seaberry)
Russian Almond

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.

Russian Almond is a low, suckering shrub. It is covered with attractive, bright pink flowers in early spring before its foliage emerges.

This hardy species forms dense thickets that wildlife will flock to for food and cover. Russian Almond prefers full sun and well-drained soils, but can tolerate moist soils.

SEA BUCKTHORN (SEABERRY) QUICK FACTS

RUSSIAN ALMOND QUICK FACTS

Zone: 2b
Zone: 2a
Height: 5 m (15 ft)
Height: 1.5 m (5 ft)
Spread: 4 m (12 ft)
Spread: 1.2 m (4 ft)
Moisture: dry, normal
Moisture: dry, normal
Light: full sun
Light: partial shade, full sun
Fall colour: yellow
Berries: small berries that can be used for making jelly and wine, even medicines
Flowers: bright pink flowers in spring
Bark: smooth brick red bark
Growth rate: medium
Growth rate: medium
Life span: medium
Life span: 20 years
Maintenance: low
Maintenance: low
Suckering: high
Suckering: medium
Pollution tolerance: high
Pollution tolerance: high

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

Between row spacing: 5 m (16 ft)





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