Hippophae rhamnoides, Sea Buckthorn

Size: shrub, 8-15' average height and spread at maturity

Buds: numerous, shriveled and ragged, reddish, flattened against twig, with 2 thin loose scales, males conical and conspicuous, females smaller and rounded

Leaves: deciduous, alternate, 1-3" long, .125-25" wide, simple, linear-lanceolate, silver-green in summer, gray-green in fall

Twigs: most have thorn tips, densely scaly, whitish, small brown rounded pith

Flowers: essentially dioecious, yellowish, in axillary racemes, not showy

Fruit: bright orange, round or egg-shaped, .25-.33", appear in fall, persist through winter

Bark: gray