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Silver Buffalo Berry vs Common Juniper

Shepherdia argentea

Juniperus communis

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(new stock expected: fall of 2018)

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Silver Buffalo Berry
Common Juniper

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.

Common Juniper is a small, coniferous shrub with scale-like needles upon maturity. Typically growing to 3 or 4 feet in height, this variety will not spread like Creeping Juniper.

This hardy evergreen is commonly used by landscapers to provide texture and ground cover beneath larger trees or in beds around the foundations of buildings.

It is wide spreading and produces small, berry-like cones that is a great food source for wildlife. These cones grow in green and change to glaucous to black as they ripen.

The Common Juniper has even been used to make the popular alcoholic beverage, gin.

SILVER BUFFALO BERRY QUICK FACTS

COMMON JUNIPER QUICK FACTS

Zone: 2a
Zone: 1a
Height: 5 m (18 ft)
Height: 2.4 m (8 ft)
Spread: 3 m (10 ft)
Spread: 3 m (10 ft)
Moisture: dry, normal
Moisture: dry, normal
Light: full sun
Light: partial shade, full sun
Fall colour: insignificant
Fall colour: green
Berries: deep red drupes of edible but bitter fruit
Flowers: white
Growth rate: medium
Growth rate: medium
Life span: medium
Life span: medium
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)



Other Names: buffalo shepherdia, silver buffaloberry, thorny buffaloberry


Ships To Canada: yes
Ships to USA: yes
Ships To Canada: yes
Ships to USA: yes