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Silver Buffalo Berry vs River Alder

Shepherdia argentea

Alnus incana

Silver Buffalo Berry
River Alder

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.

River Alder is a large shrub or small tree with a multi-stemmed, spreading habit. A shrub native to the boreal forests across North America, River Alder is an excellent tree for soil stabilization near rivers and creeks.

This tree is recognizable by its small brown seed cones and smooth, silver-grey bark with white horizontal lenticels. Unlike Green Alder, River Alder's seed pods are long and hang off short branches.

Unlike the other alder varieties, River Alder is attractive enough to be included in riverside plantings by municipal and provincial park organizations.

SILVER BUFFALO BERRY QUICK FACTS

RIVER ALDER QUICK FACTS

Lowest Price: $1.69 - SAVE UP TO 25%
Lowest Price: $2.49 - SAVE UP TO 14%
Zone: 2a
Zone: 1a
Height: 5 m (18 ft)
Height: 8 m (25 ft)
Spread: 3 m (10 ft)
Spread: 4 m (12 ft)
Moisture: dry, normal
Moisture: normal, wet
Light: full sun
Light: full sun
Fuzz/fluff: yes
Catkins: yes
Fall colour: insignificant
Fall colour: yellow to orange
Berries: deep red drupes of edible but bitter fruit
Flowers: white
Growth rate: medium
Growth rate: fast
Life span: medium
Life span: short
Maintenance: low
Suckering: high
Suckering: none
Pollution tolerance: high
Pollution tolerance: medium

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: no