Hippophae Rhamnoides (Sea Buckthorn)- This hardy fast growing shrub is native to coastal areas, excelling when planted near the sea. Its scrubby, thorny branches bare long and slender silvery leaves, which are not dis-similar to leaves of a willow tree. Its spring flowers are inconspicuous when compared to the masses of bright orange and red berries which follow. The berries stay on the shrub well into the winter, producing a vivid display of winter colour. Makes a good addition to a hedge, its thorny nature helping to create an impassable barrier.
Fruit: Bright red and orange berries, which last well into the winter. The berries can be used to make marmalade.
Timber: A very hard wood. Suitable for making charcoal.
Soil Type/Habitat: It will tolerate most soils but they must be well drained. Grows best in coastal areas, often found on sand dunes and coast lines