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Shepherdia canadensis

Canadian Buffaloberry, Soapberry, Russet Buffaloberry, Soopolallie, Foamberry, Canada Buffalo berry

Main interest:
drought and salt tolerant, red edible fruit, very hardy
full sun to full shade
Soil humidity:
dry to moist soil
Flower colour:
Flowering period:
April to May
silver to russet green
USDA Hardiness:
zone 2a: -45.5 °C (-50 °F) View Zone Map
Mature height & width (max.):
height: 8 ft (2.4 m) width: 8 ft (2.4 m)
hedge, woodland gardens, naturalizing, mass planting, fruit production

Native to Canada, Shepherdia canadensis is common in northern boreal forests and higher elevations in the west, and is found on moist slopes, wooded, rocky hillsides, and conifer openings in the wild. A loosely branched shrub of rounded outline, it grows to 6-8 ft. high, and equally as wide. It has thick, leathery, silver-green to russet-green foliage. Orange-dotted white bark gives the branches a rusty appearance. Clusters of small, trumpet-shaped yellow flowers give way to yellowish-red fruits.

The fruit has a frothy texture when macerated and whipped, hence, its common name, “Soapberry”. A tart but pleasant flavour even before a frost, it become sweeter after frosts. The fruit pairs beautifully with blackberries for compotes and jams. Whip it with maple syrup to make a wonderful coulis. It can also be dried and used like currants.

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Synonym(s): Lepargyrea canadensis, Hippophae canadensis

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