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Silver Buffalo Berry vs Manchurian Lilac

Shepherdia argentea

Syringa pubescens ssp. patula

Silver Buffalo Berry
Manchurian Lilac

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.

Manchurian Lilac is a medium-sized shrub that features fragrant clusters of pale purple flowers in late spring.

Manchurian Lilac is less affected by disease than other lilacs and will create a beautiful border, hedge, or privacy screen. If you are looking for a lilac for your shelterbelt, consider Common Purple Lilac or Villosa Lilac first.

SILVER BUFFALO BERRY QUICK FACTS

MANCHURIAN LILAC QUICK FACTS

Zone: 2a
Zone: 3a
Height: 5 m (18 ft)
Height: 3 m (10 ft)
Spread: 3 m (10 ft)
Spread: 2.1 m (7 ft)
Moisture: dry, normal
Moisture: normal
Light: full sun
Light: full sun
Fall colour: insignificant
Fall colour: red and purple
Berries: deep red drupes of edible but bitter fruit
Berries: red-pink berries (ripe in mid to late July)
Flowers: white
Flowers: pale purple fragrant clusters in late spring
Growth rate: medium
Growth rate: fast
Life span: medium
Life span: short
Maintenance: low
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: yes