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Silver Buffalo Berry vs Labrador Tea

Shepherdia argentea

Rhododendron groenlandicum (Ledum groenlandicum)

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Silver Buffalo Berry
Labrador Tea

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. It is native to parts of central and western North America.

This species is also known as one of the more salt-tolerant species for those with saline soils.

Note: this berry has mixed reviews when fresh, but makes a desirable jam or jelly with what is described as a clove and pear taste.

Labrador Tea is slow-growing evergreen shrub native to the boreal forests of Canada.

It thrives in wet, swampy conditions.

Labrador Tea has narrow, leathery, dark green leaves, topped by a cluster of white flowers in the spring. It is a perfect ornamental shrub for boggy, wet areas of your property.

SILVER BUFFALO BERRY QUICK FACTS

LABRADOR TEA QUICK FACTS

Lowest Price: $5.99
Zone: 2a
Zone: 1a
Height: 5 m (18 ft)
Height: 0.5 m (1.5 ft)
Spread: 3 m (10 ft)
Spread: 0.5 m (1.5 ft)
Moisture: dry, normal
Moisture: any
Light: full sun
Light: any
Fall colour: rust orange
Berries: deep red, edible
Flowers: white
Flowers: white, fragrant
Growth rate: medium
Growth rate: slow
Life span: medium
Life span: short
Suckering: high
Suckering: none

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

Between row spacing: 5 m (16 ft)


Toxicity: slightly toxic if ingested

Other Names: buffalo shepherdia, silver buffaloberry, thorny buffaloberry