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Silver Buffalo Berry vs Beauty of Moscow Lilac

Shepherdia argentea

Syringa vulgaris Beauty of Moscow (Syringa vulgaris Krasavitsa Moskvy)

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Silver Buffalo Berry
Beauty of Moscow Lilac

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.

Beauty of Moscow Lilac is a flowering shrub known for its highly fragrant, double flowers. The buds start as a pale pink and give way white blooms that have double the number of petals compared to other Lilacs. While the flowers are mostly white they can often take on a subtle pink blush.

The striking blooms, abundant flowers, and long bloom time make the Beauty of Moscow Lilac one of the top Lilac cultivars. The flowers are known for attracting hummingbirds, bees, and other pollinators to your landscape.

SILVER BUFFALO BERRY QUICK FACTS

BEAUTY OF MOSCOW LILAC QUICK FACTS

Lowest Price: $5.99
Zone: 2a
Zone: 3a
Height: 5 m (18 ft)
Height: 4 m (12 ft)
Spread: 3 m (10 ft)
Spread: 2.4 m (8 ft)
Moisture: dry, normal
Moisture: dry, normal
Light: full sun
Light: partial shade, full sun
Berries: deep red, edible
Flowers: white
Flowers: white to pale pink
Growth rate: medium
Growth rate: medium
Life span: medium
Life span: short
Maintenance: medium
Suckering: high
Suckering: 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