From California Natives Wiki
Species Name: Shepherdia argentea
Common Name: Buffalo Berry
- Beautiful silvery-grey foliage. Has small red edible berries eaten by birds. Upright shrub. Hardy. Need male and female plants to ensure fruiting. Good for erosion control. Spreads by suckering.
- Plant Family: Elaeagnaceae
- Plant Type: Shrub
- Height by Width: 6-15' H x 6-10' W
- Growth Habit: Small tree or rounded shrub
- Deciduous/Evergreen: Winter deciduous
- Growth Rate:
- Sun Exposure: Full sun
- Soil Preference: Adaptable
- Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant to occasional
- Cold Hardy to: 7000'
- Flower Season: Spring
- Flower Color: White
- Endangered?: Not Listed
- Distribution: By streams in Ventura, Kern, Santa Barbara,San Bernardino Co., north to Oregon and east to Rockies
- Natural Habitat: Sagebrush Scrub, Pinon-Juniper Woodland, and Northern Juniper Woodlands, 3000'-7000'
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- Introduced into cultivation in California by Theodore Payne.
- From California Native Plants, Theodore Payne's 1941 catalog: "A stout spiny deciduous shrub or small tree with silvery foliage, found along streams or winter water courses. Dioecious, the pistillate plants bearing quantities of attractive berries which are bright red or sometimes amber colored and make excellent jelly. Gallon cans, 50c; 5 gallon cans, $1.75."
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