Silver Buffaloberry

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Superfood from a Super Shrub: The Silver Buffaloberry

  • Silver-Sheened Foliage
  • Excellent Screen
  • U.S. Native
  • Drought Tolerant
  • Bright Red Berries
  • Easy to Grow

The Silver Buffaloberry (Shepherdia argentea) is one of those garden enigmas that offers everything a garden wants but with a twist. The Buffaloberry's tart fruit is considered one of the most beneficial superfoods you can find--of course, there's the twist--picking them requires a superpower, or at least super-strong leather gloves. What else makes this rarely offered shrub a garden winner? It offers unique silver hues, and it's extreme drought tolerant and spreads wide without getting too tall.

The Silver Buffaloberry is a rugged beauty. With broad silver leaves, brilliant cranberry-colored berries, and dramatic spines this shrub is truly a sight to behold. Its verdant, long, ovular leaves with their silver hairs and vibrant clusters of semi-transparent berries contrast well against the Silver Buffaloberry's silver bark.

What does Silver Buffaloberries taste like? If you're brave enough to harvest these petite and juicy berries, you'll be gifted with one of the most unique treats you will eat. These berries offer a puckering punch of sour goodness when picked in summer. While you likely can't handle more than a few at a time fresh, if you do eat too many, you may find yourself with a tummy ache.

To take advantage of the Buffaloberry's Vitamin C and lycopene (a super-antioxidant), we recommend letting your berries hang out unpicked until after your first frost. This time allows them to develop more sugars. They are also traditionally used to make jam, relish, candy, and sweet beverages.

If you are looking for a chance to produce berries, you will want to order several bushes, since they do require a pollinating partner. Not so interested in the berries? That's ok. Your local wildlife will love them.

As for its place in your landscape, the Silver Buffaloberry makes a great choice for poor soils and anywhere you want to restore native beauty. This shrub creates an impassable thicket, so it can be utilized as a screen, windbreak, or erosion control.

The Silver Buffaloberry is not picky when it comes to conditions. It doesn't mind wet or dry soil, nor does it have a preference when it comes to sun levels.

You don't have to be a health nut to see the value in the Silver Buffaloberry. Of course, if you are looking for your opportunity to enjoy berries that America's First Peoples have enjoyed for years, the Silver Buffaloberry is your ticket to health and unique flavor. Order yours today!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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Due to winter weather we have put a hold on shipping to the areas shown below in grey. You can still order now and we will ship the plant to you during an appropriate time for your zone.

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Shipping Rates

At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

From To S&H
0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Silver Buffaloberry Is Suited to Grow in Zones 2-8
Growing Zones 2-8
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Shepherdia argentea
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 8 - 12 feet
Mature Spread 8 - 12 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Medium
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color Silver
Foliage Silver
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time After Flowering
Fragrant No