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Silverberry (Wolf Willow) vs American Bladdernut

Elaeagnus commutata

Staphylea trifolia

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Silverberry (Wolf Willow)
American Bladdernut

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.

American Bladdernut is a fast-growing, ornamental shrub native to eastern North America. It can be grown as a large shrub or trained as a small tree. The small, drooping, white flowers are bell-shaped and grow in clusters. They appear in mid to late spring, attracting various pollinators. Well suited as an understory plant as it prefers shady and partial sun location with moist soils.

The blossoms mature into papery seed capsules and have been described as miniature Japanese lanterns. They are commonly used in dried flower arrangements. The seeds found within the pods are edible, and have a taste similar to pistachios. They can be eaten raw, used in baking or made into a sweet cooking oil.

Care should be taken when planting American Bladdernut, as it can spread quickly. It is prone to suckering and will self-seed. Plant the right tree in the right place.

SILVERBERRY (WOLF WILLOW) QUICK FACTS

AMERICAN BLADDERNUT QUICK FACTS

Lowest Price: $8.99
Zone: 1a
Zone: 3a
Height: 3 m (10 ft)
Height: 4 m (12 ft)
Spread: 0.9 m (3 ft)
Spread: 5 m (15 ft)
Moisture: dry, normal
Moisture: normal, wet
Light: partial shade, full sun
Light: shade, partial shade
Berries: silver, edible
Flowers: yellow
Flowers: white
Growth rate: fast
Growth rate: medium
Life span: short
Life span: long
Suckering: high
Suckering: medium





Other Names: american silverberry, silver berry, wolf willow