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Silver Buffaloberry Shepherdia argentea

Phonetic Spelling
shep-HER-dee-uh ar-JEN-tee-uh
Description

Silver Buffaloberry is a deciduous shrub having male and female flowers on different plants.  The females cannot produce fruit unless pollinated by a male.  Although the common name suggests that it is a berry-producing plant, the fruits are stone fruit.  Stone fruits have flesh or pulp surrounding a stone.  Similar to a peach or plum.  

The fruits are enjoyed by birds and are also fit for human consumption.  They can be eaten raw or used to make jams and jellies.  They are also used in pies.  They have been known to have a sour taste when eaten raw.

An attractive feature of Silver Buffaloberry is its silvery scaled branches and leaves as well as the aforementioned bright red fruits. 

They typically can be found growing in floodplains, wet meadows, along streams, rivers and lakes, and woodlands, forming dense thickets.

Insects, Diseases and Other Plant Problems:  Deer may eat and damage the branches and leaves.  Although there are no serious insect or disease issues, powdery mildew, rust and leaf spot are minor problems.

 

 

 

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Tags:
#deciduous#drought tolerant#shrub#erosion control#salt spray tolerant#wind tolerant#poor soils tolerant
 
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Tags:
#deciduous#drought tolerant#shrub#erosion control#salt spray tolerant#wind tolerant#poor soils tolerant
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Shepherdia
    Species:
    argentea
    Family:
    Elaeagnaceae
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Western US and Canada
    Wildlife Value:
    Birds eat the fruits.
    Play Value:
    Attracts Pollinators
    Screening
    Wildlife Food Source
    Edibility:
    The fruits are edible, however, they may be sour when eaten raw.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 8 ft. 0 in. - 12 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 8 ft. 0 in. - 12 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Shrub
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Ascending
    Erect
    Spreading
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Appendage:
    Thorns
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil pH:
    Alkaline (>8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Occasionally Dry
    Available Space To Plant:
    6-feet-12 feet
    12-24 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5b, 5a, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9b, 9a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Red/Burgundy
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Fruit Description:
    Beautiful bright-red fruits form on the female plant.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    White
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Flower Shape:
    Tubular
    Flower Description:
    White flowers in spring; edible red berries with silvery scales
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Gray/Silver
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Leaf Shape:
    Elliptical
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Width:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Description:
    The 1-2" leaves have silver scales on both sides.
  • Bark:
    Surface/Attachment:
    Exfoliating
    Bark Description:
    The thin bark will appear on mature branches. The branches have spines on the tips.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Description:
    thorns on stems
  • Landscape:
    Design Feature:
    Hedge