Shepherdia argentea

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Species Name: Shepherdia argentea
Common Name: Buffalo Berry

Beautiful silvery-grey foliage. Has small red edible berries eaten by birds. Upright shrub. Hardy. Need male and female plants to ensure fruiting. Good for erosion control. Spreads by suckering.

Plant Family: Elaeagnaceae
Plant Type: Shrub
Height by Width: 6-15' H x 6-10' W
Growth Habit: Small tree or rounded shrub
Deciduous/Evergreen: Winter deciduous
Growth Rate:
Sun Exposure: Full sun
Soil Preference: Adaptable
Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant to occasional
Cold Hardy to: 7000'
Flower Season: Spring
Flower Color: White
Endangered?: Not Listed
Distribution: By streams in Ventura, Kern, Santa Barbara,San Bernardino Co., north to Oregon and east to Rockies
Natural Habitat: Sagebrush Scrub, Pinon-Juniper Woodland, and Northern Juniper Woodlands, 3000'-7000'

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Care and Maintenance

  • Introduced into cultivation in California by Theodore Payne.
  • From California Native Plants, Theodore Payne's 1941 catalog: "A stout spiny deciduous shrub or small tree with silvery foliage, found along streams or winter water courses. Dioecious, the pistillate plants bearing quantities of attractive berries which are bright red or sometimes amber colored and make excellent jelly. Gallon cans, 50c; 5 gallon cans, $1.75."
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