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Silver Buffalo Berry vs Dwarf Birch

Shepherdia argentea

Betula pumila



Silver Buffalo Berry
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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.

Dwarf Birch, also known as Bog Birch for its common occurrence in wet areas, is a small deciduous shrub native to North America.

Common in riparian zones and boreal forests across Western Canada. It is a common reclamation species.

This species is often used by local artisans to twist into shapes like willow and make decorative hearts, circles, etc.



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Zone: 2a
Zone: 2a
Height: 5 m (18 ft)
Height: 2.4 m (8 ft)
Spread: 3 m (10 ft)
Spread: 1.2 m (4 ft)
Moisture: dry, normal
Moisture: normal, wet
Light: full sun
Light: full sun
Fall colour: insignificant
Fall colour: red-orange
Berries: deep red drupes of edible but bitter fruit
Flowers: white
Growth rate: medium
Growth rate: very fast
Life span: medium
Maintenance: low
Maintenance: low
Suckering: high
Suckering: none
Pollution tolerance: high

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

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