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.
A native shrub to the northern Great Plains of the U.S., Silver Buffalo Berry is a tough, extremely cold hardy shrub excellent for use as an ornamental shrub. It is used in wind breaks and in confined areas where it can be limbed up for use as a small tree.
Stock Type: Bareroot Age: 2 year (P+1) Size: 15-55 cm (6-21.5")
Zone: 2a Height: 5 m (18 ft) Spread: 3 m (10 ft) Moisture: dry, normal Light: full sun Fall colour: insignificant Berries: deep red drupes of edible but bitter fruit Flowers: white Growth rate: medium Life span: medium Maintenance: low Suckering: high 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