I am always learning, so comments are very much encouraged. (2015 related post)
From the production guide by Dr. Thomas S.C. Li found on the Research Page
The species is dioecious, the sex cannot be determined in the seed, or prior to 3-4 years of growth,....On fruiting plants, the ... buds are formed. ... appearance, according to the gender...
- On male plants the buds are larger, more protruding and have 6-8 covering scales.
- On female plants the buds are smaller, more elongated on the branch,and have only two covering scales. Very small yellowish pistolate flowers appear, usually before the leaves, late April to mid May.
You may find a better description on the internet. Unfortunately less informative Sea Buckthorn plant sex information is more widely available.
Enough background - Now to explore the question!
Each one of these prints can be clicked on and enlarged greatly. Open each in a new tab if you know how (right click>open in new tab). I am going to compare the different artists' drawings of the male and female flowers. This, I think, will help with the photo identifications of Sea Berry sex differences.
Male Sea Buckthorn Flower
- fig 1 - drawing component 1
- fig 2 - drawing component a (bud) and b (fully open)
- fig 3 - drawing component d and d
Female Sea Buckthorn Flower
- fig 1 - drawing component 2
- fig 2 - drawing component c and d
- fig 3 - drawing component e (individual oosphere w/pistil) b (female branch of multiple oospheres and pistils)
Sea Buckthorn / Sea Berry flower collections are just a little bit less rare now with these male and female buckthorn photographs. This spring, if you have some additional Sea Buckthorn flower photographs to share please send them to the e-mail address in my profile. Please identify the variety if possible.