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Silver Buffalo Berry vs Purple Leaf Sand Cherry

Shepherdia argentea

Prunus x cistena

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Silver Buffalo Berry
Purple Leaf Sand Cherry

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.

Purple Leaf Sand Cherry provides bright reddish-purple leaves that turn bronze-green in the fall. In the spring, tiny flowers with a pinkish white hue bloom. The flowers are small, but the impact comes from the shrub blossoming all at once.

The Purple leaf sand cherry can be susceptible to pests and diseases in more humid areas; a typical life span is approximately 15 years. Not suitable for a privacy hedge on its own but is often alternated with lilacs. Often used as an accent plant that attracts birds and bees.

SILVER BUFFALO BERRY QUICK FACTS

PURPLE LEAF SAND CHERRY QUICK FACTS

Zone: 2a
Zone: 3a
Height: 5 m (18 ft)
Height: 1.8 m (6 ft)
Spread: 3 m (10 ft)
Spread: 1.8 m (6 ft)
Moisture: dry, normal
Moisture: dry, normal
Light: full sun
Light: any
Fall colour: insignificant
Fall colour: dark red
Berries: deep red drupes of edible but bitter fruit
Flowers: white
Flowers: produces single pinkish flowers
Bark: smooth dark red to purple bark
Growth rate: medium
Growth rate: medium
Life span: medium
Life span: short
Maintenance: low
Suckering: high
Suckering: low
Pollution tolerance: high
Pollution tolerance: high

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

Between row spacing: 5 m (16 ft)


Toxicity: the leaves and seed contain small amounts of hydrogen cyanide but are seldom consumed in any quantity

Other Names: buffalo shepherdia, silver buffaloberry, thorny buffaloberry
Other Names: purpleleaf sandcherry


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