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SHEPHERDIA argentea

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Jesse Saylor

Family

Elaeagnaceae

Botanical Name

SHEPHERDIA argentea

Plant Common Name

Silver Buffaloberry

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General Description

A remarkably tough and tolerant plant, silver buffaloberry has silvery gray-green foliage and red berries that are sour but edible, often used in jam. An upright but rounded deciduous shrub, it is native to western North America.

The medium to light green elongated leaves are covered in tiny white hairs, causing variation in some plants to have a gray-green or fully silvery coloration. Plants are dioecious - male and female flowers, both yellow-green and tiny, are borne upon separate shrubs. The female shrub, if pollinated, produces rounded clusters of orange-red to scarlet fruits along the branches. They are edible but sour to the tastebuds, birds eat them anyways. There is no decorative fall foliage coloration before leaf drop.

Place silver buffaloberry in full sun exposures in an average, fertile soil that is well-draining and not acidic in pH. It is tolerant of drier soils, wind, bitter cold and salt, adding to its potential positive uses in landscapes. It can be a windbreak, screen or accent shrub, particularly if contrasted by dark green colored shrubs and trees in the vicinity.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    6 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    3 - 6

  • Sunset Zone

    1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 7, 8, 9, 10

  • Plant Type

    Shrub

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun

  • Height

    6'-12' / 1.8m - 3.7m

  • Width

    8'-12' / 2.4m - 3.7m

  • Bloom Time

    Spring

  • Native To

    North America, United States, Western United States, Canada

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam

  • Tolerances

    Pollution, Drought, Salt

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Xeric/Desert, Drought Tolerant

  • Habit

    Oval/Rounded

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Insignificant

  • Flower Color

    Yellow Green

  • Fruit Color

    Red, Magenta, Orange Red

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Gray Green, Silver

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Gray Green, Silver

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Silver, Gray

  • Bark Color

    Sandy Brown, Gray

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    Yes

  • Edible Fruit

    Yes

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Edible, Foundation, Hedges, Mixed Border, Screening / Wind Break, Topiary / Bonsai / Espalier

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    Yes

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Birds

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes