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Latin Name: Hippophae rhamnoides ssp. Mongolica


Family: Elaeagnacea

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.


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.

Agroforestry Value

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.