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  • Canadian Grown
  • Value Packs
  • Shipped in ON, QC, NB, NS, PE

Shepherdia argentea

Silver Buffaloberry, Bull Berry, Thorny Buffaloberry, Beef Suet-tree

Main interest:
drought and salt tolerant, red edible fruit, silver foliage
full sun
Soil humidity:
moist to dry soil; well drained
Flower colour:
Flowering period:
silver green
USDA Hardiness:
zone 3a: -40 °C (-40 °F) View Zone Map
Mature height & width (max.):
height: 12 ft (3.6 m) width: 12 ft (3.6 m)
fruit production, hedge, naturalizing, mass planting, erosion control

Shepherdia argentea is an upright, bushy, thorny, thicket-forming shrub. It is noted for its attractive silver-scaled leaves and branches, and its bright red fruit. The silver buffaloberry is equally at home at the edges of wet meadows, floodplains, streams, rivers, lakes, and springs; and in woodlands, foothills, exposed slopes, and prairies. It prefers full sun, but will tolerate dappled shade. A very hardy Shepherdia, it is drought and cold tolerant. It will grow in the poorest of soils. Silverberry attracts birds and is very beneficial to native bees. Its pea-sized ovoid, red berries ripen in the fall. Like Shepherdia Canadensis, the fruit is tart, and becomes sweeter after a frost. Mind you, you will have to compete with the birds for any fruit that late in the season. Although commonly called Buffaloberry, the fruit is not a berry, but a stone fruit.

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$13.99 - $32.99

Ships ON, QC, NB, PE, NS

Synonym(s): Lepargyrea argentea, Hippophae argentea

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