Category Archives: Sea Buckthorn (Hippophae)

Sea buckthorn – it grows here!

Sea buckthorn is a plant that is being talked about more and more in Alaska. Native to northern latitudes of Europe and Asia, it would seem this plant would be well-suited to Alaska. Canadian researchers are already looking into developing sea buckthorn as a crop, as they have for saskatoon serviceberries and honeyberries.

Alaskans are making progress on this plant too! Papa M. is growing sea buckthorn in North Pole, AK. He has some older shrubs that are over 10 feet tall and produce gallons of gorgeous orange berries. Papa sells sexed seedlings (which is extremely important for dioecious species such as sea buckthorn) from productive lines every summer at the Tanana Valley Farmers Market or direct from his farm.

Learn more about how to grow the plants here:

Sea buckthorn Special Crops Factsheet

Sea buckthorn Production Guide

Seaberry

A new favorite berry plant of mine is the seaberry, Hippophae rhamnoides also called sea-buckthorn. The seed catalog where I purchased mine from, One Green World, enticed me with tidbits like “Grow your own orange juice” and “improves the soil”. I purchased three plants from them three years ago. I purchased two female and one male plant because they are dioecious. Although I didn’t see any flowers on the two female plants early on this spring/summer, I was surprised to find berries mid-August. One drawback with this plant is the huge thorns which makes harvesting difficult. Further research will be conducted in locating less hazardous harvesting methods. I discovered another internet site with some interesting information which shares growing information and health benefits, The Sea Buckthorn Insider. I’m amazed at the versatility of this plant.

Reference:

One Green World. 2014. Seaberry. Available online: https://www.onegreenworld.com/Sea%20Berry/397/ . Accessed 25 September 2015.

The Sea Buckthorn Insider. 2014. Sea-buckthorn trees. http://www.seabuckthorninsider.com/education/sea-buckthorns-trees/ . Accessed 25 September 2015.