Hippophae r.

Discussion in 'Outdoor Gardening in the Pacific Northwest' started by Anne Taylor, Dec 9, 2008.

  1. Anne Taylor

    Anne Taylor Active Member 10 Years

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    I am trying to source some sea buckthorn to grow on southern Vancouver Island...... has anyone seen it available? I can purchase wholesale . I'm not even sure what varieties might be available.
    I'm looking for 20 or so plants. Any leads or info would be much appreciated.
    Anne Taylor
     
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    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Caution: I'd think this has high invasive potential on Vancouver Island, particularly on sandy soils. It can be aggressive enough here where it is native, and the climate is fairly similar.
     
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    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    So far apparently not a problem in this region. No occurrences reported from Seattle at all. Recently frequent in garden centers here, perhaps presence in gardens will increase markedly as a result and then some will escape. Plant I attempted to establish on Camano Island (Island County, WA) appeared to do well at first but then developed a dieback problem.

    http://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=HIRH80
     
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    Anne Taylor Active Member 10 Years

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    Thanks folks, I would be very vigilant regarding escapees..... I was going to use this as a hedge along a road for 75 feet or so.
    It's likely deer resistant, but I'd be an idiot not to count in bird dispersal etc. Die back however would really make a hedge look rough, even with a mixed planting of material. I may have to reconsider. Thanks for the heads up.
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    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    Also spreads by suckering, and may have a sprawling branching habit.
     
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    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Guess the problem with invasives, you never know if they will be until too late!
     
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    woodschmoe Active Member 10 Years

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    Fernwood farmer's market in season; guy named Geoff Johnson sells male and female seaberry plants, I believe he has a few varieties to choose from.
     
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    You can also grow it from seed. Last summer my six starts grew large enough to plant out in September. I hope they survive the winter.

    With seed you have better chances of winding up with a female plant, which is what you need if you want berries.

    If what you want is a tough, thicket-forming, prickly barrier-windbreak, then the males will do fine.

    I also tried buying some Seabuckthorn from a local grower. The divisions (suckers) were dug and not potted up to establish roots-- they were just given to me in a bag. Only half of them survived the transplant. So I would advise you to take care when buying field-grown stock. Make sure you're given potted plants with a healthy root system.
     
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    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    Outlets here sell established plants in containers. Most or many in recent years may have been supplied by Northwoods nursery, in Oregon.
     
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    Anne Taylor Active Member 10 Years

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    Thanks Ron,
    I'm happy to purchase US plants (once they've come across the border.) I suppose there maybe a willing order clerk at a good garden center who will watch out for availability lists originating from Northwoods. I'll keep my eye peeled.
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