Garden’s Gift Sea Berry ™
A product of a breeding program at Moscow State University, Garden’s Gift Sea Berry ™ produces abundant crops of large, dark orange, aromatic fruit, great for juice and preserves. A very pretty shrub, Garden’s Gift ™ Sea Berry is striking in the fall with long pendulous branches covered with bright orange berries.
Very Popular in Eastern Europe, Russia and China, Sea Berry is a new and very valuable plant for North American gardeners. Also known as Sea Buckthorn, Sea Berry is prized for its exceptional ornamental value, tasty and healthy fruit, and the ability to grow in and improve poor soils. In late summer and fall, large clusters of bright orange-yellow berries cover the branches and, on some varieties, can persist well into winter.
Garden’s Gift Sea Berry ™ fruit is very high in Vitamin C (about 7 times more than lemons), Vitamin A, and E, and has a pleasant acidic flavor which, when sweetened, makes delicious juice. During the Cold War, East Germany used Sea Berry as a healthful substitute for orange juice. The fruit is also unique for its oil content, which is used as a treatment for burns and skin diseases as well as for ulcers and other illnesses. You will often see Sea Buckthorn as an ingredient in many nutritional supplements and cosmetics.
We harvest out fruit by hand or by cutting off the fruit laden branches and freezing them. The frozen berries can easily be shaken off and, after thawing, make great juice and preserves. Like cranberry juice, Sea Berry juice is usually diluted with up to 70% water.
Latin Name: Hippophae rhamnoides
Site and Soil: Sea Berry likes full to 1/2 day sun and well-drained soil.
Pollination Requirements: Sea Berry is wind pollinated. Plant Garden’s Gift™ Sea Berry with a male plant for cross-pollination.
Hardiness: Sea Berry is hardy to minus 40 F.
Bearing Age: 2-3 years after planting.
Size at Maturity: 6-8 ft. in height.
Bloom Time: April
Ripening Time: late July – early August
Yield: 30+ lbs.
Pests & Diseases: Sea Berry is not bothered by pests or diseases.
USDA Zone: 3
Sunset Western Zone: A2, A3, 1-6
Sunset Northeast Zone: 34, 37-45