Shepherdia argentea

Shepherdia argentea

Silver buffaloberry

Previous scientific name(s): Elaeagnus utilis, Lepargyrea argentea

Deciduous, thicket-forming tree up to 13 ft. tall with shallow spreading roots, capable of fixing nitrogen. Occurs on well-drained moist to seasonally wet sites along drainages and mountain slopes from 3,500 to 7,500 feet. Poor palatability to livestock and wildlife, but provides valuable cover for wildlife.

Varieties: 

Species Attributes

Height: 
- 13 
feet
Native or Introduced: 
Native
Precipitation: 
12 
in. - Wetland adapted
Sun & Shade Tolerance: 
Full Sun
Elevation: 
3,500 
- 7,500 
ft.

Soil Texture

Coarse: 
Marginal
Moderately Coarse: 
Average
Medium: 
Best
Moderately Fine: 
Average
Fine: 
Not Adapted

Soil pH

Acidic: 
Average
Neutral: 
Best
Basic: 
Average
Seeding Rate: 
PLS lbs/Acre
Pure Seed per Bushel: 
50.60 lbs.
Seeds per Pound: 
45,000
Germination Time: 
Days
Mycorrhizal Dependent: 
Yes
Blooming Season: 
Spring
Summer
Fruit Color: 
Yellow/Gold or Scarlet Berries