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'Indian-Summer' Seabuckthorn Seed




Latin Name: Hippophae rhamnoides ssp. Mongolica


Family: Elaeagnaceae

Native Range: Europe and Asia

Seed Source: Seed production orchard 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. A nitrogen fixer, the 'Indian -Summer' seed strain is 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.

Average number of seeds/packet: 240


Stratification: Soak the seeds for 24 hours, then stratify in moist sand (10 percent moisture) for 60 days at 5C. No treatment needed if down outdoors in late September (Germination occurs the following spring).

Ideal sowing time: Spring

Sowing instructions: Outdoors - sow 1 cm deep and 50 seeds/meter; Greenhouse- sow 3 seeds per cell.

Growing conditions: 'Indian-Summer' grows well on a variety of soils, requires full sunlight, does not tolerate shade. 


'Indian-Summer' is an excellent seed strain for farm or field shelterbelts, intercropping, reclamation, and wildlife habitat plantings. The seed strain was developed specifically for agroforestry, stabilizes eroding soil, contributes nitrogen, and provides wildlife valuable cover. It is often used as a pollinator row in seabuckthorn orchards. One of the most versatile agroforestry plants.

Harvest Seabuckthorn berries