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Sea Buckthorn (Seaberry) vs Bog Cranberry

Hippophae rhamnoides L.

Vaccinium vitis-idaea

Sea Buckthorn (Seaberry)
Bog 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.

Bog Cranberry is a native, ground cover species.

These plants generally produce one crop per year in summer. The plants have single blooms. Leaves are bright green, oval and alternate. New growth can be covered with fine hairs. Plants may spread 3 feet in width forming a dense mat which makes it attractive as an ornamental ground cover.

Wild crops of Bog Cranberry are harvested each year in Newfoundland (more than 200,000 lbs/yr). Harvest of wild fruit can no longer keep up with demand there. In Europe, 80 million pounds per year of this crop is grown or harvested from the wild.

Lingonberry flowers are similar in shape to those of blueberry and may be white or pink in color. These berries are considered to be highly flavored but not as tart as cranberries.

SEA BUCKTHORN (SEABERRY) QUICK FACTS

BOG CRANBERRY QUICK FACTS

Zone: 2b
Zone: 2a
Height: 5 m (15 ft)
Height: 0.2 m (0.7 ft)
Spread: 4 m (12 ft)
Spread: 0.9 m (3 ft)
Moisture: dry, normal
Moisture: normal, wet
Light: full sun
Light: partial shade, full sun
Berries: small berries that can be used for making jelly and wine, even medicines
Berries: tart, edible red berries
Flowers: white or pink flowers
Growth rate: medium
Growth rate: slow
Life span: medium
Maintenance: low
Suckering: 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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