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Thiessen Saskatoon vs Silver Buffalo Berry

Amelanchier alnifolia Thiessen

Shepherdia argentea

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Silver Buffalo Berry

Thiessen Saskatoon is a deciduous shrub that produces delicious edible fruit. They are one of the most productive saskatoons. Their fruit is great in pies, preserves or eating fresh.

Thiessen Saskatoon is most popular with u-pick operations. But it is not the best choice for berry farming because it is too tall for most mechanical harvesting equipment.

Silver Buffalo Berry is a cold hardy, ornamental shrub that is commonly used in the first row of shelterbelts instead of caragana or lilac. It features subtle yellow flowers, smooth grey bark, and red fruit. On occasion orange fruit is produced and rarely a yellow fruit. Please note: we regularly collect the rare yellow and orange fruit to use for our seed source.

Long-lived and slow growing, Silver Buffalo Berry is commonly found around sloughs, in coulees, and on light soils across the prairies, and grows best in full sun.

Buyers can enjoy increased bird life to their property, as this shrub acts as a habitat plant. It is also commonly planted for its ornamental and winter interest.

This species is also known as one of the more salt-tolerant species for those with saline soils.

Note: this berry tastes terrible fresh, but makes a highly desirable jam or jelly with what is described as a clove and pear taste.

THIESSEN SASKATOON QUICK FACTS

SILVER BUFFALO BERRY QUICK FACTS

Lowest Price: $4.89 - SAVE UP TO 30%
Lowest Price: $1.69 - SAVE UP TO 25%
Zone: 1a
Zone: 2a
Height: 5 m (16 ft)
Height: 5 m (18 ft)
Spread: 3 m (10 ft)
Spread: 3 m (10 ft)
Moisture: normal
Moisture: dry, normal
Light: partial shade, full sun
Light: full sun
Fall colour: insignificant
Berries: produces large edible berries
Berries: deep red drupes of edible but bitter fruit
Flowers: white
Growth rate: fast
Growth rate: medium
Life span: medium
Life span: medium
Maintenance: low
Suckering: low
Suckering: high
Pollution tolerance: low
Pollution tolerance: high


In row spacing: 0.9 - 1.2 m (3 - 4 ft)
Between row spacing: 5 m (16 ft)





Ships To Canada: yes
Ships to USA: yes
Ships To Canada: yes
Ships to USA: yes