Mike Jay wrote:A relatively unheard of N fixer that I planted this spring and am liking so far is northern bayberry. It's a shrub that has waxy berries. The height is pretty variable according to the nursery at 3-8'. One really nice feature is that it's semi-evergreen. It's a deciduous shrub with larger leaves (kind of like an oak) and they turn burgundy in the fall and hang on until spring when the new growth appears. I'm using it as part of a screen from the road so that I have some privacy in the spring. The berries are good for the birds and you can make candles from them. One other name for it is "candleberry".
Trace Oswald if you use them in guilds around your fruit trees and don't manage them heavily, in a couple years you won't be able to harvest your fruit without a suit of armor. [/quote wrote:
Do they spread by suckering? Our two year old Sea Buckthorns are nicely formed with 1 main leader. How do they respond to a major pruning? Do the send up suckers all around them?
Trace Oswald wrote:I grow autumn Olive, sea berry, and siberian pea shrub. On my land, sea berry spreads like wild fire and it's thorns are "impressive". If you want to harvest any of your trees, my recommendation would be to use sea berry as part of a living fence or as a clump in a chicken area that you don't venture into. I really like the berries and the chickens love them but if you use them in guilds around your fruit trees and don't manage them heavily, in a couple years you won't be able to harvest your fruit without a suit of armor. If you grow them as a hedge, you can keep them from spreading by mowing or a barrier and harvest berries from the edges.
Tj Jefferson wrote:...they plant two trees in a hole, one is a nurse plant.
my male seaberry got split by the snow last winter so i cut it. sent up probably 20 new shoots in a 5ft. circle from the stump. i mowed all but the strongest 1 and that one is already 2ft tall. if you like autumn olive minus the invasiveness , goumi is a good option. much easier to control and flavor is similar. I've been growing comfrey around the base of my goumi and they both are growing well together. like A.O , goumi are easy to grow from cuttings.
S Bengi wrote:My male seaberry root suckers popped up at distances 5x the height of plant. And I don't even think I pruned the plant. At 1st I thought they were seedlings, until I tried to transplant one and saw that the 'cluster of seedlings' were all attached and as I followed it root growing at the woodchip-soil interface I found even more. And the other end of the root terminated at the male seaberry plant. And that left me a bit sad.