Sea buckthorns are deciduous shrubs in the family Elaeagnaceae. Sea Buckthorn is also referred to as sandthorn, sallowthorn or seaberry.
Sea Buckthorn has been used by humans for thousands of years. The leaves and young branches were supposedly fed to horses to improve their condition of their coats, leading to the name of the genus, Hippophae derived from hippo (horse), and phaos (shining).
Sea buckthorn has dense, stiff, thorny branches. The leaves are pale silvery-green, 3–8 cm long and less than 7 mm broad, having a narrow oval shape tapering to a point at each end. It is dioecious, ie has separate male and female plants. The male produces brownish flowers with wind-distributed pollen. The female plants produce orange berries 6–9 mm in diameter, which are soft, juicy and rich in oils. The roots distribute rapidly and extensively, providing a nonleguminous nitrogen fixation role in surrounding soils.
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