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Friday, May 3, 2013

Female Seabuckthorn Flowers - Biomass and Fossil Records

Common Seabuckthorn Wikipedia


Electricity generated from biomass can have up to 90% lower carbon emissions than fossil fuels.  In China, Baotou Kaidi Sunshine Energy has announced it will build a biomass-fueled power plant in Inner Mongolia that will be able to prevent the burning of 80,000 tons of coal annually.  It is expected to generate 150 kWh of electricity per year, using some 130,000 tons of biomass.  One of the native plants to be used is Seabuckthorn ( Hippophae rhamnoides).

Did you know?

Fossil pollen records indicate that Hipppophae rhamnoides (Seabuckthorn) was widespread on late and early postglacial raw soils throughout much of central and northern Europe, but the Early Holocene reforestation restricted populations to northern coastal habitats, or along streams in the Alps, Pyrenees, and Carpathians.

Female Seabuckthorn Flowers:

Patience is a virtue, they say, and in gardening it is essential.  Three years after planting my first Seabuckthorn plant there are both male and female blossoms in the garden.  
Female Seabuckthorn flower

Close-up of female Seabuckthorn flower

older Male Seabuckthorn Flower
(See just opened Male flowers)

There are still a few Seabuckthorn plants for sale.  I am keeping most of them for planting in Seboeis Maine.

Tannach writes:  Ok, now you've gone too far.  Holocene?  Post-Glacial?
Dear Tannach, Yup.  


  1. How long from seed to flowering? I bought a Titan female and an unnamed 'male' plant last year and planted them in the spring. The female is about 2' tall and the male is about 1.5' tall... any idea how long it will be before i get berries? i hope the male isn't too much younger than the female or i'll be a year later on getting my first taste of seabuckthorn.

  2. These photos are from a bought male and female (Orange Delight). It has been 3 years for them and they had a rough first year especially since all the leaves were eaten by winter moth caterpillars in May and again in June/July by June bugs. The 3 yr seedlings are much larger plants and look much more robust but I don't see any blossoms on those yet. Next year probably. I am hoping the 2 yr seedlings will not take 3 years to produce after planting in Maine. My hope it to have a productive orchard up there within 4 years. That should be a reasonable expectation unless there is some bug or varmint that loves to eat them.

  3. Hi Tom,
    I'm not sure if your blog is still active but still ask the question.
    I have a female Leikora tree, about 5-6 y.o., which never had berries because my male tree died 5 years ago.
    All of a sudden I see the berries on it. I know, there is no male around, but I've planted an Elderberry right next to it and it's blooming all summer long. Is it possible that the elder had pollinated the seaberry?

    1. Hi- I don't think it is possible for the elderberry to do the pollinating. There are lots of reasons for that including they do not blossom anywhere near the same time in the growing season. There are a couple of possibilities. One is that your dead male plant sent out a sucker that survived and is mixed in with your female. The other one I can think of is a neighbor might have a male seaberry bush. Barring those two possibilities, I guess it will remain a mystery. Update us if you find a answer the mystery.