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Silver Buffalo Berry vs Western Sandcherry

Shepherdia argentea

Prunus pumila

Silver Buffalo Berry
Western Sandcherry

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.

Sandcherry is known for its unique, leathery grey-green - or recessive dark red - foliage and beautiful white blossoms. You and the wildlife will both love its small dark red to purple cherries.

Due to its small stature and spreading qualities, Sandcherry is suitable as an underplanting or groundcover. Sandcherry is also a great pollinizer for plums or Nanking Cherry.

SILVER BUFFALO BERRY QUICK FACTS

WESTERN SANDCHERRY QUICK FACTS

Zone: 2a
Zone: 2a
Height: 5 m (18 ft)
Height: 0.9 m (3 ft)
Spread: 3 m (10 ft)
Spread: 2.1 m (7 ft)
Moisture: dry, normal
Moisture: dry, normal
Light: full sun
Light: any
Fall colour: insignificant
Fall colour: reddish-orange
Berries: deep red drupes of edible but bitter fruit
Berries: small purple cherries
Flowers: white
Flowers: small clusters of white blossoms
Growth rate: medium
Growth rate: medium
Life span: medium
Life span: medium
Maintenance: low
Maintenance: low
Suckering: high
Suckering: low
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