Seabuckthorn is a popular garden and landscaping shrub, particularly making a good vandal-proof barrier hedge with an aggressive basal shoot system exploited in some parts of the world as wind breaks and to stabilize riverbanks and steep slopes.
The wide adaptation, fast growth, strong coppicing and suckering habits coupled with efficient nitrogen fixation make seabuckthorn particularly suitable for planting in degraded soils. Seabuckthorn can control soil erosion and water loss effectively, and increased land reclamation. In many instances seabuckthorn has proved highly beneficial for enhancement of wildlife habitat, farmstead shelter belts, erosion control, and land reclamation.
Seabuckthorn rapidly develops an extensive root system and canopy, thus quickly covering large areas of soil. Due to its exceptional hardiness Seabuckthorn is an ideal plant for natural resource conservation in extreme and marginal areas, besides its considerable economic potential. Seabuckthorn's environmental value is divers and includes soil and water conservation, e.g., desertification control, land reclamation and rehabilitation, erosion and water loss control (gully control, flood control, etc.), reforestation and afforestation, and establishment of wildlife habitats(China), reclamation of open-cast mines and post-industrial dumps and wastelands (Poland), establishment of farm shelterbelts (Canada).
Seabuckthorn has value in northern climates for their landscape qualities, as the colorful berry clusters are retained through winter. Branches may be used by florists for designing ornaments. The plant is the regional flora of the Finnish region of Satakunta.