Seaberry is a very interesting shrub. I’ve red about it a lot, so I hope that you will like it too.
Seaberry has a lot of names and among them: Russian Pineapple or Gold of Siberia. This is because it is very well known in Russia and its smell, taste and look reminds pineapple. It grows not just in Russia, but also in entire Asia and Europe. In Poland it grows naturally near the Baltic sea.
In Latin it is named “Hippophaë rhamnoides”. It comes from Greek words: hippos – horse and pháo – shining. In the past horses were dewormed by fruits of the seaberry which made them looking much healthier.
It’s a shrub but sometimes it looks more like a little tree. It comes from a oleasters family. It has 5-6m of height and 2-3m of width.
It is really good as an ornamental plant in towns, because it is resistant to pollution and cold.
Seaberrys branches are bend with longitudinal gray-green leaves. Leaves look similar to those of rosemary, so sometimes seaberry is named a rosemary tree. They’re narrow and a little hairy.
Seaberry blooms in April. It is a dioecious plant, which means that it has two genders. A male has little, not very impressive flowers. Female flowers are slightly more pretty, but they are not decorative anyway. They are gray – green similar to leafs.
Only female seaberry can have fruits. If you want fruits to grow, you need pollen from a male seaberry, so they are planted together. Fruits are little, but they are the most decorative element on this plant. They are yellow/orange and they are rounded. They grow making longitudinal clumps on a branch.
Seaberrys fruits have healing properties. They have a lot of vitamins and fatty acids like: vitamins A, C, E, K, P, F, fatty acids omega-6, omega-3, omega-7, omega-9. It is used to cure asthma, rheumatic diseases, stomach inflamations, cold and o lot more.
You can make jam, juice, ice cream, liqueur, spices, jelly, from seaberry fruits and they keep their healing properties because during boiling they don’t lose important vitamin C.
Fruits have an oil too and we use it for rejuvenating creams and face masks.