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Sea Buckthorn vs Aronia Berry

Hippophae rhamnoides l.

Aronia melanocarpa

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Sea Buckthorn
Aronia Berry

Sea Buckthorn is a nitrogen fixing 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.

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

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.

Aronia Berry produce black fruit that some people find too astringent, they are also known as Black Chokeberry. It is native to Eastern Canada and the Eastern United States. This branching shrub forms well rooted clumps that can spread.
Flowers are usually white or pink and form all over the shrub.

These shrubs grow well under other trees and their fall color is a vibrant red. It is common to see it used as a hedge.

The berries have their own unique flavour. The polyphenols and anthocyanins are touted as healthy antioxidants and lots of research seems to be underway on the health benefits of this fruit.

SEA BUCKTHORN QUICK FACTS

ARONIA BERRY QUICK FACTS

Zone: 2b
Zone: 3a
Height: 5 m (15 ft)
Height: 1.8 m (6 ft)
Spread: 4 m (12 ft)
Spread: 1.2 m (4 ft)
Moisture: dry, normal
Moisture: normal
Light: full sun
Light: partial shade, full sun
Fall colour: wine red to apricot color -- extremely attractive
Berries: small berries that can be used for making jelly and wine, even medicines
Flowers: attractive whitish-pink flowers in loose clusters of up to 8, clusters up to 2 inches in width
Growth rate: medium
Growth rate: fast
Life span: medium
Life span: short
Suckering: high
Suckering: medium

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

Between row spacing: 5 m (16 ft)



Other Names: sallowthorn, sandthorn, seaberry
Other Names: black choke berry, black chokeberry