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Hippophae salicifolia

willow-leaved sea buckthorn

A medium-sized thorny tree to 15m, which fixes nitrogen in its roots, making it good for poor soils. Its deciduous leaves are narrow and silver green, turning pale yellow in autumn. It has inconspicuous flowers in spring which, if a male plant is also planted, become orange berries in autumn

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Size
Ultimate height
Higher than 12 metres
Time to ultimate height
10–20 years
Ultimate spread
4–8 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Clay
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained, Well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Brown Yellow Grey Silver
Summer Grey Silver Green
Autumn Yellow Orange Yellow
Winter
Position
  • Full sun
Aspect

East–facing or North–facing or South–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Exposed
Hardiness
H6
Botanical details
Family
Elaeagnaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Columnar upright
Genus

Hippophae are deciduous shrubs or small trees, with narrow, silvery leaves and inconspicuous flowers followed on female plants by orange fruits; both male and female plants must be grown for a good crop of berries

Name status

Correct

Plant range
Himalaya

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How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in moisture retentive to moist soil, in full sun. For more information see our advice on tree cultivation

Propagation

Propagate from semi-ripe cutting in late summer

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Architectural
Pruning

Pruning group 1

Pests

Generally pest-free

Diseases

Generally disease-free

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