Free Shipping   |   Order Now and we'll Ship your Trees on the Date you Choose in the Spring   |   Replacement Guarantee   |   Volume Discounts


Silver Buffalo Berry vs Silverberry (Wolf Willow)

Shepherdia argentea

Elaeagnus commutata


Silver Buffalo Berry
Silverberry (Wolf Willow)

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.

Silverberry (also known as Wolf Willow) is a common native North American shrub. This beautiful ornamental plant has characteristic silver leaves and fragrant yellow flowers.

Its silver berries remain on the branches through the winter. Silverberry is cold hardy and has some ability as a nitrogen fixer. It can grown on dry to moist sandy/gravel soils.

This plant is very low maintenance.



Lowest Price: $1.69 - SAVE UP TO 25%
Lowest Price: $3.19
Zone: 2a
Zone: 1a
Height: 5 m (18 ft)
Height: 3 m (10 ft)
Spread: 3 m (10 ft)
Spread: 0.9 m (3 ft)
Moisture: dry, normal
Moisture: dry, normal
Light: full sun
Light: partial shade, full sun
Fall colour: insignificant
Berries: deep red drupes of edible but bitter fruit
Berries: silver drupes (edible)
Flowers: white
Flowers: yellow flowers in spring
Growth rate: medium
Growth rate: fast
Life span: medium
Life span: 30 years
Maintenance: low
Maintenance: low
Suckering: high
Suckering: high
Pollution tolerance: high
Pollution tolerance: medium

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

Between row spacing: 5 m (16 ft)

Other Names: buffalo shepherdia, silver buffaloberry, thorny buffaloberry
Other Names: american silverberry, silver berry, wolf willow

Ships To Canada: yes
Ships to USA: yes
Ships To Canada: yes
Ships to USA: no