Buffaloberry (Shepherdia canadensis)

Buffaloberry (Shepherdia canadensis) (24470 bytes)    Buffaloberry (Shepherdia canadensis) is native to North America and is hardy to zone 2. It grows 6-8 feet in height, and is a slow grower. Established plants are drought  resistant and require little to no supplemental water. Buffaloberry tolerates soils poor in nutrients and salty soils but must have good drainage. It can be grown in semi-shade but prefers full sun.
buffaloberry foliage (5070 bytes) Foliage: oval or oval-lance-shaped, smooth edged leaves; has dark green leaf color with a silvery cast . The undersurface of the leaves and the twigs are covered with a combination of silvery hairs and rusty brown spots. Fall color is green and gold.
buffalo berry flowers (1942 bytes) Flowers are inconspicuous, yellow, in April.
buffaloberry buds (3152 bytes) Buds are small and stalked.
buffalo berry fruit (3622 bytes) Fruit, borne singly or in clusters at the leaf axils, is small, ranging in color from orange to deep red, and covered with small dots. The berries, which generally ripen in early July to early August, are extremely bitter.

Photos: Judy Sedbrook

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