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Beaked Hazelnut vs Canadian Buffalo Berry

Corylus cornuta

Shepherdia canadensis

Beaked Hazelnut
Canadian Buffalo Berry

Beaked Hazelnut is a multi-stemmed, deciduous shrub native to North America.

It features smooth, grey bark and edible nuts. Beaked Hazelnut prefers a rich sandy-clay loam but will grow on poorer sites, and can be used as an understory shrub.

Canadian Buffalo Berry is a native deciduous shrub found throughout North America.

This hardy, medium-sized shrub will tolerate poor soil conditions and produces attractive, edible - though very bitter - red fruit.

Interest in this plant as a health food has spiked recently due to the saponins found in the berries, which some claim reduce cholesterol. The British Columbian First Nations also traditionally used it to make "Indian Ice Cream", a whipped berry dessert.

BEAKED HAZELNUT QUICK FACTS

CANADIAN BUFFALO BERRY QUICK FACTS

Zone: 2a
Zone: 1a
Height: 5 m (15 ft)
Height: 3 m (10 ft)
Spread: 2.1 m (7 ft)
Spread: 1.8 m (6 ft)
Moisture: dry, normal
Moisture: dry, normal
Light: partial shade, full sun
Light: partial shade, full sun
Fall colour: yellow
Berries: red bitter berries (edible)
Flowers: tiny red flower clusters in spring
Nuts: edible nuts that are attractive to wildlife
Growth rate: medium
Growth rate: fast
Life span: medium
Life span: short
Maintenance: low
Maintenance: low
Suckering: low
Suckering: none
Pollution tolerance: medium
Pollution tolerance: medium



Toxicity: Not toxic, but tiny filaments from the husk can irritate skin that it contacts




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