Sea Berry
Hippophae rhamnoides
Very popular in Eastern Europe, Russia and China, Sea Berry is a new and very valuable plant for North American gardeners. Also known as Sea Buckthorn, Sea Berry is prized for its tasty and healthful fruit, its ability to grow in and improve poor soils and its striking large clusters of bright orange-yellow berries, which cover the branches and can persist well into the fall. Sea Berry fruit is very high in Vitamins C, A and E, and it’s tart juice, when sweetened, makes a delicious drink. The fruit is also unique for its oil content, which is used medicinally and in cosmetics.
Russian Varieties
More work has been done with Sea Berry in the former Soviet Union than in any other country. Breeding goals were to creat easy to harvest varieties with large and nutritious fruit. The following varieties are selections from a breeding program at Moscow State University and should do well in most regions of North America.
Botanica™
Hippophae rhamnoides
Botanica™ is prized for its abundant crops of very large and richly flavored, bright orange fruit. 5215
Garden’s Gift™
Hippophae rhamnoides
This valuable and early ripening variety produces abundant crops of large, dark orange, aromatic fruit, great for juice and preserves. 5275
Russian Orange™
Hippophae rhamnoides
An attractive, vigorous and productive, medium-size shrub, Russian Orange™ bears abundant crops of very large, flavorful, deep orange berries. Russian Orange™ also features unusually lush, grayish green foliage. 5305
Titan™
Hippophae rhamnoides
This superior variety bears abundant crops of very large, bright orange berries. Flavorful and aromatic, they make delicious juice and preserves. 5332
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