Silver Buffaloberry (Shepherdia argentea)

  • Silver Buffaloberry (Shepherdia Argentea)
    Credit: Sue in az | Own work | License: PD USDA NRCS
  • Silver Buffaloberry (Shepherdia Argentea)
    Credit: SriMesh | Own work | License: CC-BY-SA-3.0,2.5,2.0,1.0 GFDL
  • Silver Buffaloberry (Shepherdia Argentea)
    Credit: SriMesh | Own work | License: CC-BY-SA-3.0 GFDL
  • Silver Buffaloberry (Shepherdia Argentea)
    Credit: SriMesh | Own work | License: CC-BY-SA-3.0 GFDL

Shepherdia Argentea, or more commonly know as Silver Buffaloberry, is a tree shrub with white-gray foliage and yellow flowers of the genus Shepherdia. It has a rapid growth rate and a height of 18 feet at maturity. Its duration is perennial which means it will grow year after year. It's active growth period is spring and summer, blooms during late spring and is somewhat tolerant of shade. Shepherdia Argentea or Silver Buffaloberry's floral region is North America US Lower 48, specifically in the states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Iowa, Idaho, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Mexico, Nevada, New York, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

  • Category: Dicot
  • Genus: Shepherdia
  • Family: Elaeagnaceae
  • Order: Rhamnales
  • Class: Magnoliopsida
  • Division: Magnoliophyta
  • Duration: Perennial
  • Growth Habit: Tree Shrub
  • Native Status: L48 (N) CAN (N)
  • State T/E Status: IA (T)
  • State T/E Common Name: IA (buffaloberry)
  • Active Growth Period: Spring and Summer
  • Allelopath: No
  • C:N Ratio: Medium
  • Coppice Potential: Yes
  • Fall Conspicuous: Yes
  • Fire Resistance: No
  • Flower Color: Yellow
  • Flower Conspicuous: Yes
  • Foliage Color: White-Gray
  • Foliage Porosity Summer: Dense
  • Foliage Porosity Winter: Moderate
  • Foliage Texture: Coarse
  • Fruit/Seed Color: Red
  • Fruit/Seed Conspicuous: Yes
  • Growth Form: Multiple Stem
  • Growth Rate: Rapid
  • Height at 20 Years Maximum (feet): 18
  • Height Mature (feet): 18
  • Leaf Retention: No
  • Lifespan: Moderate
  • Low Growing Grass: No
  • Nitrogen Fixation: Medium
  • Resprout Ability: Yes
  • Shape and Orientation: Semi-Erect
  • Toxicity: None
  • Adapted to Coarse Textured Soils: Yes
  • Adapted to Fine Textured Soils: No
  • Adapted to Medium Textured Soils: Yes
  • Anaerobic Tolerance: None
  • CaCO3 Tolerance: High
  • Cold Stratification Required: Yes
  • Drought Tolerance: Medium
  • Fertility Requirement: Low
  • Fire Tolerance: Medium
  • Frost Free Days Minimum: 110
  • Hedge Tolerance: Medium
  • Moisture Use: Medium
  • pH (Minimum): 5.3
  • pH (Maximum): 8
  • Planting Density per Acre Minimum: 300
  • Planting Density per Acre Maximum: 1800
  • Precipitation (Minimum): 15
  • Precipitation (Maximum): 20
  • Root Depth Minimum (inches): 24
  • Salinity Tolerance: Medium
  • Shade Tolerance: Intermediate
  • Temperature Minimum (°F): -38
  • Bloom Period: Late Spring
  • Commercial Availability: Routinely Available
  • Fruit/Seed Abundance: High
  • Fruit/Seed Period Begin: Summer
  • Fruit/Seed Period End: Fall
  • Fruit/Seed Persistence: Yes
  • Propagated by Bare Root: Yes
  • Propagated by Bulbs: No
  • Propagated by Container: Yes
  • Propagated by Corms: No
  • Propagated by Cuttings: No
  • Propagated by Seed: Yes
  • Propagated by Sod: No
  • Propagated by Sprigs: No
  • Propagated by Tubers: No
  • Seed per Pound: 31215
  • Seed Spread Rate: Slow
  • Seedling Vigor: Medium
  • Small Grain: No
  • Vegetative Spread Rate: Rapid

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