known as willow-leaved sea buckthorn, this is the
definite guerrilla tree. Fast growing and very wind-resistant, it
is an excellent pioneer species for re-establishing woodlands
as it suckers freely (new trees pop out from it's roots especially
if they are cut in spots occasionally, more than a metre away from
the trunk with a spade).
It succeeds in most soils as long as they are not too dry, as it
self fertilises the soil with nitrogen. An aggressive root system
binds the soil together, prevents erosion and gets it ready for
Recent research has shown that this is the most nutritious fruit that
can be grown in Britain. It is very rich in vitamin C and many other vitamins
and minerals plus bioflavinoids and essential fatty acids. The fruit is
rather small and fiddly to pick, however. The flavour is like a sharp
lemon, most people find it acceptable raw though it is too acid for them
to eat in quantity. Cooked, it makes a delicious syrup.
Recent research has shown that regular consumption of the fruit can prevent
and even cure cancer. The wood can be used for fuel and the plant has
a wide range of medicinal applications.
Your park needs it!
Type - Deciduous tree
Hight - Up to 15m tall.
Climate - Not hardy in the colder areas of Britain,
needs sun, min -10c.
Flowers - Spring.
Dioecious - Male and female plants must be grown if
seed is required.
Other pioneer warrior species...
nitrogen fixing Alder (especially A.glutinosa native,
A. rubra is faster) and Gorse (very thorny, avoid wet and
chalky soil). White Poplar and Aspen, have
an aggressive root system especially in clay soil that can structurally
damage buildings. Just stick branches of Willow in wet
soil (Bowles Hybrid fastest), and Elderrberry in a shady
spot, for birds.
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