Latin Name: Hippophae rhamnoides ssp. Mongolica
Native Range: Europe and Asia
Seed Source: Seabuckthorn shelterbelt, near Indian Head Saskatchewan.
Height and Spread: 4m x 2m (10 years)
Overview: A wonderful plant recognized by many as one of the most nutritional berries in the plant kingdom. It is a nitrogen fixer, extremely hardy and adapted to low quality, droughty soils. Seeds produce a mixture of male and female plants.
Fruits: An orange drupe-like achene 3 to 6mm long. Berries remain on shrubs over winter.
SEED TREATMENT / SOWING
Stratification: Place seeds in water at room temperature. Soak the seeds for 48 hours (freshen water several times to prevent stagnation).
Ideal sowing time: Spring
Sowing instructions: Sow 1 cm deep. Outdoor seedbed- sow 50 seeds/meter; Greenhouse- sow 3 seeds per cell.
Growing conditions: Does well on a variety of soils, requires full sunlight, does not tolerate shade.
Excellent for farm or field shelterbelts, intercropping, reclamation and wildlife habitat plantings. The seed strain Indian-Summer, developed specifically for agroforestry,stabilizes eroding soil, contributes nitrogen and provides wildlife valuable cover.It is often used as pollinator row in seabuckthorn orchards. One of the most versatile agroforestry plants.