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Varieties

There are many hundreds of different cultivated varieties of sea buckthorn. The following varieties were developed from the sea buckthorn breeding program of Hans Joachim Albrecht (Berlin).

 

Female  cultivars

Askola
A fast-growing, 4 to 5 m tall shrub, fruiting densely and in abundance;fruits deep orange, medium-large, oval to cylindrical, ripening from end of August, rich in fruit acids, vitamin C and E.
Very tough and vigorous. Tolerant of a wide variety of soils. Needs regular pruning to maintain good shape

Frugana
A strong fast growing growing upright shrub with strong fruiting branches. Unpruned will grow to 4 m in height. Less thorny than Askola. Fruits medium-large, light orange. One of the earliest varieties, ripening from mid August. Possibly less tolerant of wetter soils.

Hergo
A slow growing upright shrub with strong fruiting branches; fruits large, light orange, ripening from early September. Grows well as a hedge. Will tolerate most soils. One of the best cultivars for exposed sites.

Leikora
A broad, upright and vigorous shrub with overhanging fruiting branches, less thorny than Askola. Fruits medium-large, deep orange-red, ripening September/October. High oil content.

Orange Energy
Sturdy growth with wide spreading side branches, moderately thorny. Fruits large, oblong to oval, lightly hairy, bright yellowish-orange, colours solid, dense fruiting already from mid to end September.
Needs regular pruning to maintain good shape

Sirola
A vigorous anjd very robust cultivar with upright growing habit, only slightly thorny. Red-orange berries, pleasantly sweet, fruit stalks  long allowing easy picking, ripening end July to early August. A cultivar that is highly recommended for both domestic and commercial production.

 

Male Cultivars (should be planted at one male plant to five to ten females to ensure adequate pollination).

Pollmix 1
Early flowering pollinator, fast growing with upright growing habit, sturdy, almost thornless shoots.
Pollinator for Orange Energy and Sirola

Pollmix 3
Late-season pollinator, flowering latest of the Pollmix group , with a broad, upright growing habit, and weakly thorned.
Pollinator for Askola, Hergo and Leikora.

Pollmix 4
Mid to late pollinator, fast growing with upright habit, almost thornless.
Pollinator for Askola, Hergo and Leikora.

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