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Virginia Creeper vs Silver Buffalo Berry

Parthenocissus quinquefolia

Shepherdia argentea

Virginia Creeper
Silver Buffalo Berry

Virginia Creeper is a fast-growing, climbing vine. Its root-like tendrils attach themselves to any non-smooth surface, even brick, but will also grow as a ground cover.

Virginia Creeper makes a beautiful ornamental plant for your garden; its attractive foliage turns from green to deep red in the fall. Birds will love its red berries.

Silver Buffalo Berry is a cold hardy, ornamental shrub. 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.

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.

VIRGINIA CREEPER QUICK FACTS

SILVER BUFFALO BERRY QUICK FACTS

Zone: 3a
Zone: 2a
Height: 0.3 m (1.0 ft)
Height: 5 m (18 ft)
Spread: 6 m (20 ft)
Spread: 3 m (10 ft)
Moisture: dry, normal
Moisture: dry, normal
Light: any
Light: full sun
Fall colour: red and purple
Fall colour: insignificant
Berries: small hard purple 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
Maintenance: low
Suckering: high
Suckering: high
Pollution tolerance: high
Pollution tolerance: high


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

Toxicity: berries are toxic, leaves irritate skin




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