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Silverberry (Wolf Willow) vs Dwarf Birch

Elaeagnus commutata

Betula pumila

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Silverberry (Wolf Willow)
Dwarf Birch

Silverberry (also known as Wolf Willow) is a common native North American shrub. This beautiful ornamental plant has characteristic silver leaves and fragrant yellow flowers.

Its silver berries remain on the branches through the winter. Silverberry is cold hardy and has some ability as a nitrogen fixer. It can grow on dry to moist sandy/gravel soils. This plant is very low maintenance.

Dwarf Birch, also known as Bog Birch for its common occurrence in wet areas, is a small deciduous shrub native to North America.

Found growing up into the arctic circle, this is one of the few trees that grows that far north.

Common in riparian zones and boreal forests across Western Canada. It is a common reclamation species.

This species is often used by local artisans to twist into shapes like willow and make decorative hearts, circles, etc.

SILVERBERRY (WOLF WILLOW) QUICK FACTS

DWARF BIRCH QUICK FACTS

Zone: 1a
Zone: 2a
Height: 3 m (10 ft)
Height: 2.4 m (8 ft)
Spread: 0.9 m (3 ft)
Spread: 1.2 m (4 ft)
Moisture: dry, normal
Moisture: normal, wet
Light: partial shade, full sun
Light: full sun
Fall colour: red-orange
Berries: silver, edible
Flowers: yellow
Growth rate: fast
Growth rate: very fast
Life span: short
Life span: short
Suckering: high
Suckering: none





Other Names: american silverberry, silver berry, wolf willow