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Shepherdia argentea
Shepherdia argentea

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Zones 1A, 1B, 2A, 2B, 3A, 3B, 7, 10, 33-45
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Shepherdia argentea

Silver Buffaloberry, Silverberry
Elaeagnaceae
Deciduous, Edible fruit, Shrubs

Native from Canada into the intermountain areas of the West. This is a tough plant for harsh growing conditions, withstanding cold and wind, tolerant of most soils, and drought-resistant. Its growth habit is spreading and suckering, to 6–12 ft. tall and wide, with spine-tipped branchlets. Elongated oval leaves to 1 in. long are silvery on both sides. Related to Russian olive (Elaeagnus angustifolia), another plant that readily endures difficult situations. If a male plant is present, females will bear small, sour bright red or orange berries that can be used for jams and jellies. Birds eat them.

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