Mary Sea Berry
Mary Sea Berry is a new cultivar from Canada that is nearly thornless! Mary bears large crops of bright orange berries that remain firm on the branch, extending the harvest time to last for up to four to six weeks. Berries from this cultivar are a favorite for use in nutraceuticals due to its high nutritional content. Mary sea berries have a mild and pleasant flavor, much lower in acidity than other varieties.
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.
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.
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Latin Name: Hippophae rhamnoides
Site and Soil: Sea Berry likes full to 1/2 day sun and well-drained soil.
Rootstock Description: These are grown from cuttings.
Pollination Requirements: Wind pollinated. Plant with a male plant for cross-pollination.
Hardiness: Hardy to minus 40º F.
Bearing Age: 2-3 years after planting.
Size at Maturity: 12-15 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: 3-8
Sunset Western Zone: A2, A3, 1-6
Sunset Northeast Zone: 34, 37-45