Plants coping with the unusual combination of arid conditions and a bit of shade.
Drought tolerant plants in a sandy and rocky soil give a glimpse of the kind of planting that may become more common
Hippophae rhamnoides – sea buckthorn
H. rhamnoides is a large deciduous shrub with narrow, willow-like, silvery leaves and thorny shoots. Flowers very small, yellow, followed by small, bright orange berries on female plants. Usually found near the coast, often forming thickets on fixed dunes and sea cliffs. Europe, including Britain, from Norway south and east to Spain and Asia to Japan and the Himalayas.
4-8 m H x 4-8 m W
Generally pest and disease free
It is hardy to zone (UK) 3 and is not frost tender. It is in flower in April, and the seeds ripen from September to October. The species is dioecious (individual flowers are either male or female, but only one sex is to be found on any one plant so both male and female plants must be grown if seed is required) and is pollinated by wind. The plant is not self-fertile.
It can fix nitrogen.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and can grow in nutritionally poor soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry moist or wet soil and can tolerate drought. The plant can tolerate maritime exposure.
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