Sea-buckthorn - Hippophae rhamnoides


    Sea-buckthorn is a large shrub with narrow, willow-like, silvery leaves and thorny shoots. Flowers very small, greeny-yellow, followed by small, bright yellow - orange berries on female plants.

    Identification difficulty

    Usually coastal, but increasingly planted by local councils etc. inland and sometimes spreading.

    When to see it

    In flower during March and Ap

    Life History

    Deciduous perennial.

    UK Status

    Widespread in coastal areas of Britain, less frequent inland where it usually occurs as a planted shrub.

    VC55 Status

    Uncommon but increasingly planted in Leicestershire and Rutland. It was not recorded in the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

    Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

    UK Map