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Shepherdia argentea

Silver Buffaloberry

Community: Mountain

Brief Description

Tall streamside shrub grows berries, wildlife cover and protective spines. Full details »
  • Wildlife Thicket Shrub
  • Silvery Foliage
  • Attractive Red Berries
  • Tall Spiney Hedge

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Plant Description and Details

Silver Buffaloberry is a grand addition to streamside wildlife plantings or thorny hedges. Its bright golden or red berries are showcased in the summer, clustered along the many-branched limbs that also carry 1 inch plus sturdy spines. The silvery oblong leaves make it stand out among plantings, a tall cone-shaped shrub. Birds will love the habitat it provides and the berries for food. It could do admirably well as a green barrier along a border, the spines acting as a natural deterrent.
Common Names Silver Buffaloberry
Community Mountain
Annual Water Needs 20-30 inches
Drought Tolerant No
Native Range Riparian and streamsides, throughout western U.S.
Native States CA, CO, ID, MT, NV, OR, UT, WA, WY
Hardiness Down to Zone 3
Exposure Sun
Soil Preference Moist, Well Drained
Placement Wildlife thickets, borders, riparian areas, naturalized plantings.
Mature Height 6 - 12 ft.
Mature Width 10 ft.
Group Spacing 6 - 16 ft.
Blossom Color Inconspicuous
Blooms Late Spring
Maintenance Tips Prune if desired. Prune to tree or shrub form. Will spread by suckering to form thickets.
Wildlife Birds
Wildlife Notes Red berries provide food for birds.
Plants Symbol SHAR
Family Name Elaeagnaceae
Lewis & Clark Yes

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